groundsel


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to groundsel: groundsel bush, groundsel tree, golden groundsel, marsh elder, sow thistle, Senecio vulgaris

ground·sel 1

 (ground′səl, groun′-)
n.
Any of various plants in the composite family, chiefly of the genera Senecio and Packera, having rayed, usually yellow flower heads.

[Middle English groundeswille, from Old English grundeswylige, alteration (influenced by grund, ground) of gundeswilge : gund, pus + swelgan, to swallow (from its use in reducing abscesses); see swel- in Indo-European roots.]

ground·sel 2

 (ground′səl, groun′-)
n.
Variant of groundsill.

groundsel

(ˈɡraʊnsəl) or

groundsell

n
1. (Plants) any of certain plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. vulgaris, a Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites). See also ragwort
2. (Plants) groundsel tree a shrub, Baccharis halimifolia, of E North America, with white plumelike fruits: family Asteraceae
[Old English grundeswelge, changed from gundeswilge, from gund pus + swelgan to swallow; after its use in poultices on abscesses]

ground•sel1

(ˈgraʊnd səl)

n.
any composite plant of the genus Senecio, esp. S. vulgaris, a common weed having clusters of small yellow flowers.
[before 900; Old English grundeswelge, gundeswelge; compare Old English gund pus, swelgan to swallow, absorb (from its use in medicine)]

ground•sel2

(ˈgraʊnd səl)

n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.groundsel - Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowersgroundsel - Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowers
genus Senecio, Senecio - enormous and diverse cosmopolitan genus of trees and shrubs and vines and herbs including many weeds
weed - any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
Translations

groundsel

[ˈgraʊnsl] Nhierba f cana

groundsel

nKreuzkraut nt

groundsel

[ˈgraʊnsl] nerba calderina
References in classic literature ?
There was always a superfluity of broad beans--it took nine or ten of Adam's strides to get to the end of the uncut grass walk that ran by the side of them; and as for other vegetables, there was so much more room than was necessary for them that in the rotation of crops a large flourishing bed of groundsel was of yearly occurrence on one spot or other.
Some groundsel was strewed on a table which stood immediately under the cage.
There was fresh groundsel, too, for Miss Maylie's birds, with which Oliver, who had been studying the subject under the able tuition of the village clerk, would decorate the cages, in the most approved taste.
Contract notice: Qualification Service Market and Support Activity employability: the uprooting of groundsel tree Works (Baccharis Halimifolia)
Common annual weeds in our gardens include chickweed, nettles, hairy bittercress, groundsel and annual meadowgrass.
5 m above the ground on most overstory shrubs, herbaceous vegetation that was sparse and short, and an absence of low-growing shrubs except for occasional, unpalatable species such as southern bush monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus) and bush groundsel (Senecio flaccidus).
Heart-leaved Groundsel, Golden Ragwort; Floodplain woods south of central field; Rare but locally common; C = 4; BSUH 17544.
Subsequently, he tried the experiment with balm, groundsel, and spinach.
Groundsel and chickweed should be removed from growing chrysanthemum ?
THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK * Bring potted strawberries inside for forcing * Pot up a few lily-of-the-valley for flowering indoors * Test soil for acidity and, if necessary, correct with lime * Hoe off chickweed and groundsel on warm days * Clean out the bottom of hedges
Plastic heteroblasty in beach groundsel (Senecio lautus).