mil·​foil ˈmil-ˌfȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce milfoil (audio)

Examples of milfoil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If there are remnants of milfoil or decayed lily pads in the area, that’s a plus. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 14 Mar. 2024 Lipless crankbaits and vibrating jigs are great for submerged vegetation like hydrilla, milfoil, and coontail. Shaye Baker, Field & Stream, 6 Mar. 2024 Common examples include the milfoils, fanwort, coontail and hydrilla, Jones said. Debbie Archer Special To The Commercial,, 3 Dec. 2023 This allows the milfoil to outcompete native species and decreases biodiversity. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2023 By early summer, assuming plants like hydrilla and milfoil have grown in, muskies will gravitate to weedy areas in roughly 3- to 8-feet of water. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 Apr. 2023 While some of the 26 inland lakes at Sleeping Bear Dunes now host invasive species such as zebra mussels and Eurasian milfoil, surprisingly, many lakes do not. Elissa Welle, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2022 Hug said there was milfoil, an invasive type of aquatic plant, that was about four feet long growing in the back seat of the Dodge. Globe Staff,, 11 Nov. 2021 The first was a vast milfoil field in about 6 feet of water just outside the tourney's take-off site. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 May 2021

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin millefolium, from mille + folium leaf — more at blade

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of milfoil was in the 13th century

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“Milfoil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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