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Ragweed   /rˈægwˌid/   Listen

Widespread European weed having yellow daisylike flowers; sometimes an obnoxious weed and toxic to cattle if consumed in quantity.  Synonyms: benweed, ragwort, Senecio jacobaea, tansy ragwort.
Any of numerous chiefly North American weedy plants constituting the genus Ambrosia that produce highly allergenic pollen responsible for much hay fever and asthma.  Synonyms: ambrosia, bitterweed.

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"Ragweed" Quotes from Famous Books

... strike out across the hills. We stop for a moment's rest at a fence, and while we are filling our lungs with the crisp morning air we see where a spider has industriously spun his web during the night, from a stalk of ragweed to the fence corner. The dew has settled upon it and each silken thread stands out perfectly, shining in the morning sunshine like some old jewelry made of filagree silver. You little realize, you tiny spinner of silken fabrics, ...
— Byways Around San Francisco Bay • William E. Hutchinson

... her plan or a part of her economy to keep the ground constantly covered with vegetation of some sort, and she has layer upon layer of seeds in the soil for this purpose, and the wonder is that each kind lies dormant until it is wanted. If I uncover the earth in any of my fields, ragweed and pigweed spring up; if these are destroyed, harvest grass, or quack grass, or purslane, appears. The spade or the plow that turns these under is sure to turn up some other variety, as chickweed, sheep-sorrel, or goose-foot. The soil is ...
— The Writings of John Burroughs • John Burroughs

Words linked to "Ragweed" :   Ambrosia psilostachya, Ambrosia artemisiifolia, genus Ambrosia, Senecio, weed, genus Senecio, Ambrosia trifida

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