leafy spurge


Definition of leafy spurge

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

Examples of leafy spurge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "‘Molly of Denali,’ saloon discourse, ashes by mail: News from around our 50 states," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of leafy spurge

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Leafy spurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leafy%20spurge. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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