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Related to pigweed: purslane


1. See goosefoot.
2. See amaranth.


1. (Plants) Also called: redroot any of several coarse North American amaranthaceous weeds of the genus Amaranthus, esp A. retroflexus, having hairy leaves and green flowers
2. (Plants) a US name for fat hen


An annual that grows along fence rows, at the end of crop rows, and on other wasteland. The redroot variety may grow several feet tall and, during the Depression years of the 1930s, was sometimes pulled up as feed for livestock. Depending on the mineral content of the soil, the pigweed may be poisonous to cattle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pigweed - common weedy European plant introduced into North Americapigweed - common weedy European plant introduced into North America; often used as a potherb
lamb's-quarter, pigweed, wild spinach - leaves collected from the wild
wild spinach - leafy greens collected from the wild and used as a substitute for spinach
goosefoot - any of various weeds of the genus Chenopodium having small greenish flowers
2.pigweed - leaves sometimes used as potherbs; seeds used as cereal; southern United States to Central America; India and China
amaranth - any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food
3.pigweed - leaves collected from the wild
greens, leafy vegetable, green - any of various leafy plants or their leaves and stems eaten as vegetables
Chenopodium album, lamb's-quarters, pigweed, wild spinach - common weedy European plant introduced into North America; often used as a potherb
References in classic literature ?
That's Roman wormwood -- that's pigweed -- that's sorrel -- that's piper-grass -- have at him, chop him up, turn his roots upward to the sun, don't let him have a fibre in the shade, if you do he'll turn himself t' other side up and be as green as a leek in two days.
The Effects of Reduced Doses and Application Timing of Metribuzin on Redroot Pigweed (Amaranthusretroflexus L.
A familiar one -- perhaps too familiar -- is redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus).
Sun CH, Du W, Cheng XL, Xu XN, Zhang YH, Sun D, Shi JJ (2010) The effects of drought stress on the activity of acid phosphatase and its protective enzymes in pigweed leaves.
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As a child in the 1930s and '40s, my job, other than taking care of the goats and pumping and carrying water, was to fight a constant battle to keep the hemp and pigweed from over-growing our small, hilly Iowa farm.
The following were the different biomass samples tested: Bermuda Grass, Centipede Grass, Corn Leaves, Crabgrass, Fescue Grass, Johnson Grass, Pigweed, Spurge Weed, and Zoysia Grass.
If planted immediately after corn silage harvest in South, it will compete vigorously with pigweed.
By 2002, crops like pigweed, ragweed and horseweed developed herbicide tolerance as well.
Resistant pigweed is a major decision factor in which crop to plant, and they are much easier to manage especially in corn but also in soybeans when compared with cotton," Barber said in the release.
She taught her grandchildren to enjoy sweet fern tea, and when in season, cooked wild greens: pigweed, dandelion greens, milkweed, and fiddlehead ferns.