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A widespread weed (Anthemis cotula) in the composite family, having rank-smelling, bipinnately divided leaves and white-rayed flower heads. Also called dog fennel, stinking chamomile.

[Middle English maythe weed, mayyen wed, alteration (influenced by May maiden) of maithe, from Old English mægtha.]
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1. (Plants) Also called: dog fennel or stinking mayweed a widespread Eurasian weedy plant, Anthemis cotula, having evil-smelling leaves and daisy-like flower heads: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) scentless mayweed a similar and related plant, Matricaria maritima, with scentless leaves
[C16: changed from Old English mægtha mayweed + weed1]
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Noun1.mayweed - widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discsmayweed - widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs
composite plant, composite - considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
Anthemis, genus Anthemis - dog fennel
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