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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The first was a vast milfoil field just outside the take-off site at Goose Pond. Frank Sargeant, al, 26 May 2021 Look for areas of thick, healthy milfoil on contour changes. Hal Schramm, Field & Stream, 26 Feb. 2020 That group focuses on all invasives, including animals like the Asian carp and zebra mussel, and aquatic plants such as milfoil. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, 2 Dec. 2019 The diverse habitat, filled with brush piles, chunk rock points, milfoil and shallow coves offers a variety of presentation opportunities for anglers. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, 16 Mar. 2018 Davis said most of his fish came from one 20-yard near-shore stretch of milfoil surrounded by hydrilla. Frank Sargeant,, 15 Oct. 2017 See More

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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 6 Dec. 2022.

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