spotted knapweed

noun

Definition of spotted knapweed

: a knapweed (Centaurea maculosa synonym C. biebersteinii) with usually pink flowers and deeply cleft leaves that is native to Europe and Asia but is now widespread in the U.S.

Examples of spotted knapweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Working Dogs for Conservation has trained dogs to find spotted knapweed in Montana, Chinese bush clover in Iowa, yellow star thistle in Colorado, rosy wolf snails in Hawaii and brown tree snakes in Guam. Washington Post, "Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spotted knapweed

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Spotted knapweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spotted%20knapweed. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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