American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of the common species of Gnaphalium. Also called chafeweed.
- n. Same as cudbear, 2.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) 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.
- 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
- cud + weed, or perhaps a corruption of cottonweed or cutweed (referring to its application to cuts and chafings). (Wiktionary)
“Yomogi/ Kusa Dango: Mugwort flavored dumplings kusa dango were originally flavored with cudweed”
“Artemisias and Gnaphaliums, like our southernwood and cudweed, but six or eight feet high; while Buttercups, Violets, Whortleberries,”
“Adults also gathered medicinal herbs: cinquefoil ground to a powder for bodily aches, cudweed for diarrhea, oak root as an eyewash, crushed sage for colds, the osha root for coughs, and the like.”
“Here we find a good deal of open ground, with thickets of shrubby Artemisias and Gnaphaliums, like our southernwood and cudweed, but six or eight feet high; while Buttercups, Violets, Whortleberries,”
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