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rag·wort

 (răg′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
Any of various plants in the composite family, chiefly of the genera Senecio and Packera, having yellow flower heads. S. jacobaea, a European species poisonous to livestock, is widely naturalized in North America and elsewhere.

[From the ragged shape of its leaves.]

ragwort

(ˈræɡˌwɜːt)
n
(Plants) any of several plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. jacobaea of Europe, that have yellow daisy-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites). See also groundsel1

rag•wort

(ˈrægˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

n.
any of various composite plants of the genus Senecio, usu. bearing yellow, slender-rayed flower heads.
[1325–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ragwort - widespread European weed having yellow daisylike flowersragwort - widespread European weed having yellow daisylike flowers; sometimes an obnoxious weed and toxic to cattle if consumed in quantity
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
2.ragwort - American ragwort with yellow flowers
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
genus Senecio, Senecio - enormous and diverse cosmopolitan genus of trees and shrubs and vines and herbs including many weeds
Translations

ragwort

[ˈrægwɜːt] Nhierba f cana, zuzón m, hierba f de Santiago

ragwort

[ˈrægˌwɜːt] nerba di San Giacomo
References in classic literature ?
Golden patches of ragwort blazed here and there among a tangled mass of no doubt worthier herbage,--such even in nature is the power of gold,--and there were the usual birds.
I will also be constructing a sculpture called FORTY POSIES OF RAGWORTS IN FORTY EMPTY JAM JARS.
For me the ragwort symbolises culture that grows up through the cracks in the pavement as opposed to that which grows in the carefully tended flowerbeds of the city's parks and gardens.