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 (rĭb′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
Any of various plantains of the genus Plantago, especially P. lanceolata.
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(Plants) a Eurasian plant, Plantago lanceolata, that has lancelike ribbed leaves, which form a rosette close to the ground, and a dense spike of small white flowers: family Plantaginaceae. Also called: ribgrass See also plantain1
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(ˈrɪbˌgræs, -ˌgrɑs)

a plantain weed, Plantagolanceolata, with narrow basal leaves and small, whitish flowers.
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Noun1.ribwort - an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regionsribwort - an Old World plantain with long narrow ribbed leaves widely established in temperate regions
plantain - any of numerous plants of the genus Plantago; mostly small roadside or dooryard weeds with elliptic leaves and small spikes of very small flowers; seeds of some used medicinally
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For example, one of their tea packs shows a frog in a man's throat -- it's tea for when you have a sore throat, containing lime flowers, elderberry blossoms, rosehip, ribwort and common mallow.
I was tootling around Roath looking for sow thistle, ribwort plantain and campanula for my tortoise Sleepy Gary (who I have subsequently found out is a girl).
Lindberg, "Growth performance, digestibility and faecal coliform bacteria in weaned piglets fed a cereal-based diet including either chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) or ribwort (Plantago lanceolate L.) forage," Animal, vol.
Pengaled faswn i'n ei alw fo llyriad yr ais ydi'r enw yn llyfr Cymdeithas Edward Llwyd (Plantago lanceolata; Ribwort plantain).
Effect of mineral fertilization on ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolata L.) yielding.
Skin prick testing (SPT) is performed with the most common inhalant allergens: Dermatophagoides farinae, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, Alternaria, Cladosporium, cat dander, dog dander, mixed grass pollen, rye, birch, hazel, ribwort, alder, mugwort together with a positive (histamine chloride 10 mg/ml) and negative (glycerol) control (extracts from Allergopharma-Nexter, Reinbeg, Germany).
We gather ribwort plantain leaves, wild daisies surviving in the odd shoulders of the fields, tangerines falling in hordes from the unharvested trees, and make them into racing boats.
Her results from 4,476 ribwort plantains (Plantago lanceolata), set out at a long-term research site in Durham, N.C., had suggested that this common roadside weed was escaping the supposedly inevitable decline of aging.
The wood chipping which has replaced the bushes are now being slowly dislodged as the grass and herbs such as ribwort and dandelions push up which, I imagine, will lead to the council spraying chemicals to kill the growth.