leafy spurge

noun

: a tall perennial Eurasian herb (Euphorbia esula) naturalized as a weed in the northern U.S. and Canada

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, the State of Wisconsin also defined three plants to be noxious weeds in the 1970s, including Canada thistle, leafy spurge and field bindweed. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 The state departments of Agriculture and Trust Lands as well as several county weed boards are trying to round up flea beetles and disperse them to feed on leafy spurge, one of North Dakota’s worst noxious weeds. USA TODAY, 10 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leafy spurge was circa 1889

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“Leafy spurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leafy%20spurge. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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