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Related to pigweed: purslane


1. See goosefoot.
2. See amaranth.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
The farm grew all kinds of weeds and grasses: pigweed, plantain, sumac, white pine, clover, dandelions, and so on.
Though he jokes, he isn't a "full vegan" because "1 eat lamb's quarters, sheep sorrel, pigweed, hen of the woods, and chickweed, and if no one's looking, I won't hesitate to pull out and devour a cattail!"
What about pigweed and dandelions?" These are all very legitimate questions.
Some famers have said the herbicide is essential to curb the spread of pigweed, which has become resistant to other herbicides.
"I've received many calls on pigweed, specifically Palmer amaranth, that emerged in earlier-planted wheat.
deflexus L., popularly known as pigweed, occurs spontaneously in tropical and subtropical regions, being one of the important weeds in South America.
The effects of drought stress on the activity of acid phosphatase and its protective enzymes in pigweed leaves.
For example, corn yield loss at low volunteer soybean densities was similar to losses reported for low densities of velvetleaf and redroot pigweed, with 10% yield loss estimated to occur at 3 to 4 volunteer soybean plants/[m.sup.2] (Alms et al., 2016).
Interference of redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus) with snap beans.