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chick·weed

 (chĭk′wēd′)
n.
Any of various herbs of the genera Cerastium and Stellaria of the pink family, especially S. media, a cosmopolitan weed having small white flowers with deeply notched petals.

[So called because it is eaten by chickens.]

chickweed

(ˈtʃɪkˌwiːd)
n
1. (Plants) any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Stellaria, esp S. media, a common garden weed with small white flowers
2. (Plants) mouse-ear chickweed any of various similar and related plants of the genus Cerastium

chick•weed

(ˈtʃɪkˌwid)

n.
any of various plants of the genera Stellaria and Cerastium, of the pink family, as S. media, a common Old World weed whose leaves and seeds are relished by birds.
[1325–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chickweed - any of various plants of the genus Stellariachickweed - any of various plants of the genus Stellaria
genus Stellaria, Stellaria - common chickweed; stitchwort
common chickweed, Stellaria media - a common low-growing annual garden weed with small white flowers; cosmopolitan; so-called because it is eaten by chickens
greater stitchwort, starwort, Stellaria holostea, stitchwort - low-growing north temperate herb having small white star-shaped flowers; named for its alleged ability to ease sharp pains in the side
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.chickweed - any of various plants related to the common chickweedchickweed - any of various plants related to the common chickweed
Cerastium, genus Cerastium - mouse-eared chickweed
Cerastium arvense, field chickweed, field mouse-ear - densely tufted perennial chickweed of north temperate zone
Cerastium tomentosum, love-in-a-mist, snow-in-summer - chickweed with hairy silver-grey leaves and rather large white flowers
Alpine mouse-ear, Arctic mouse-ear, Cerastium alpinum - widespread in the Arctic and on mountains in Europe
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Translations
ptačinec
mouron blanc
hoornbloemmuur

chickweed

[ˈtʃɪkwiːd] Npamplina f

chickweed

[ˈtʃɪkwiːd] nmouron m des oiseaux

chickweed

[ˈtʃɪkˌwiːd] n (Bot) → centonchio

chickweed

n (bot) pamplina, alsine m
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