stink·​weed | \ ˈstiŋk-ˌwēd How to pronounce stinkweed (audio) \

Definition of stinkweed

: any of various strong-scented or fetid plants: such as

Examples of stinkweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rajit, who has his own idea, involving stinkweed, for improving the local rice crop, quickly becomes suspicious of Rice 9. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Basmati Blues': Film Review," 6 Feb. 2018 Camp shifted on Thursday from the river to studies of local plants: birch and willow, yarrow and Arctic cotton, fireweed and stinkweed. Lisa Demer, Alaska Dispatch News, "Camp aims to create homegrown scientists on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta," 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of stinkweed

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Stinkweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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