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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.
Clovers, various green grasses, alfalfa, dandelion, dock, amaranth, pigweed, and even that curse to the Southern states--kudzu--were all listed as nutritional and palatable options for poultry diets.
Interference of redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) with snap beans.
Resistance has been increasing across Canada in pigweed species, including waterhemp and redroot pigweed.
Farmers say the herbicide is desperately needed to kill pigweed, which can grow and spread seeds rapidly, threatening a soybean farmer's yield.
Caption: Herbicide-resistant pigweed in Texas cotton fields causes major headaches for farmers.
Optimum densities of three leguminous cover crops for suppression of smooth pigweed (Amaranthus hybridus).
invicta was the only granivorous ant species present, removal of seeds of pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) did not differ with distance from a mound (up to 4.
But in another decade, he figures, pigweed will be resistant to that herbicide, too.
3] studied the marigold and pigweed allelopathy by intercropping for the management of tomato early blight disease.