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 The common name for pennycress is stinkweed, a moniker that both presents a bit of a public relations issue and belies some of the plant’s important qualities. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2021 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, 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, 21 July 2017

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First Known Use of stinkweed

1753, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jun 2021

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“Stinkweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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