purple loosestrife

noun

Definition of purple loosestrife 

: a perennial Eurasian marsh herb (Lythrum salicaria) of the loosestrife family that is naturalized in eastern North America and has long spikes of purple flowers

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Reading Schulz’s piece, I was reminded of the invasion of purple loosestrife, a magenta weed that was taking over all our wetlands and choking out many natural species. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 14 Mar. 2018

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1548, in the meaning defined above

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