from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several weedy or ornamental plants of the genus Galium, having whorled leaves, clusters of small white or yellow flowers, and prickly stems. Also called cleavers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a plant of the madder family with small pointed leaves and hairy stems with small, white or yellow flowers
- n. straw put into a bed
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Straw put into a bed.
- n. A genus of slender herbs, usually with square stems, whorled leaves, and small white flowers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Straw used in stuffing a mattress or bed. [In this literal sense properly with a hyphen.]
- n. A popular name of the different species of the genus Galium, from the old practice of using it in beds. Our Lady's or yellow bedstraw is G. verum; white bedstraw is G. Mollugo. See Galium. A name given to Desmodium Aparines.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several plants of the genus Galium
Short for Our Lady's Bedstraw, name for a plant of the genus Galium, whose foliage was used to stuff mattresses in medieval times.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bed + straw (Wiktionary)