Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various woolly plants of the genus Gnaphalium in the composite family, having small whitish or yellowish flower heads.
  • n. Any of several similar and related plants in the genus Filago.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the flowering plants of the genus Gnaphalium or Pseudognaphalium, related to the daisy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small composite plant with cottony or silky stem and leaves, primarily a species of Gnaphalium, but the name is now given to many plants of different genera, as Filago, Antennaria, etc.; cottonweed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of the common species of Gnaphalium. Also called chafeweed.
  • n. Same as cudbear, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous plants of the genus Gnaphalium having flowers that can be dried without loss of form or color
  • n. any plant of the genus Filago having capitate clusters of small woolly flower heads
  • n. perennial cottony-white herb of southwestern United States

Etymologies

cud +‎ weed, or perhaps a corruption of cottonweed or cutweed (referring to its application to cuts and chafings). (Wiktionary)

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