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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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.
One of the many places where you can immerse yourself in all of this rural tranquillity is Martin Down, a large national nature reserve that, according to Natural England, contains 'an exceptional collection of plants and animals associated with chalk downland and scrub habitats', among them rare and unusual plant species with evocative, almost mythical names such as bastard toadflax, field fleawort and dwarf sedge.