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1. See wormseed.
2. The pungent leaves of the wormseed plant, used as a seasoning in Mexican cooking.

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl epazotl : epatl, skunk + tzotl, filth (from its smell).]
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1. (Plants) a common name for Dysphania ambrosioides
2. (Cookery) the leaves of this plant, which are used in Mexican cooking
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(ˈɛp əˌzoʊt)

a goosefoot, Chenopodium ambrosioides, having strong-smelling leaves sometimes used medicinally or as flavoring.
[1970–75; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl epazōtl]
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Other minor weed species recorded were sow thistle (Sonchus spp.; Asterales: Asteraceae), Mexican tea (Chenopodium ambrosoides L.; Caryophyllales: Amaranthaceae) and wondering cudweed (Gnaphalium pensylvanicum Willd.; Asterales: Asteraceae).
La composicion vegetal correspondio a una vegetacion silvestre, entre las que se destacan: cana brava (Gynerium sagittatum), chilca (Baccharis sp), quinua silvestre (Chenopodium album), cola de caballo (Equisetum arvense), cerraja (Sonchus oleraceus), pajaro bobo (Tessaria integrifolia), paico (Chenopodium ambrosoides) entre otros, como tambien a cultivos agricolas a pequena escala: Zea mays, Phaseolus vulgaris, Pisum sativum, Ipomoea batatas, Manihot esculenta y frutales como Vitis vinifera, Persea americana y Mangifera indica, este habitat corresponde a la parte geografica donde la cuenca se abre y comienza a extenderse.