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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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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.
Caption: Showing their age From 2003 to 2006, ribwort plantains (shown at right) in plots in Virginia faced an uptick in mortality rates.