fleawort


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fleawort

(ˈfliːˌwɜːt)
n
1. (Plants) any of various plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. integrifolius, a European species with yellow daisy-like flowers and rosettes of downy leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) a Eurasian plantain, Plantago psyllium (or P. indica), whose seeds resemble fleas and were formerly used as a flea repellent
3. (Plants) another name for ploughman's spikenard

flea•wort

(ˈfliˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

n.
a European plantain, Plantago psyllium, having seeds that are used in medicine.
[before 1000]
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Noun1.fleawort - plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxativefleawort - plantain of Mediterranean regions whose seeds swell and become gelatinous when moist and are used as a mild laxative
plantain - any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
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Go moth trapping, watching for marine life or go insearch of the Spathulate Fleawort - a plant that grows here and nowhere else in the world
Monitoring of the expanding distribution of fleawort and other non-native plant species that have been introduced into the Hakusan area and implementation of effective measures to address non-native plant species.