American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous often hairy plants of the genus Hieracium, having yellow or orange dandelionlike flower heads.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Hieracium, natural order Compositæ, suborder Ligulifloræ (Cichoriaceæ), or lettuce family, a very large genus, especially numerous on the continent of Europe.
- n. A species of Senecio, S. hieracifolius. See Senecio.
- n. Any species of plant of the genus Hieracium and its segregate genus Pilosella, in the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A plant of the genus Hieracium; -- so called from the ancient belief that birds of prey used its juice to strengthen their vision.
- n. A plant of the genus Senecio (Senecio hieracifolius).
- n. any of various plants of the genus Pilosella
- n. any of numerous often hairy plants of the genus Hieracium having yellow or orange flowers that resemble the dandelion
- hawk + weed (Wiktionary)
“Tall grassland is scattered with hawkweed, ragwort, wild carrot and melilot flowers, along with clumps of bird's-foot trefoil, lucerne and goat's rue, and there are regular uprisings of brambles and wild rose, and sprawls of sallow and birch scrub.”
“And whole hells of buttercups and yellow hawkweed and a few more orange hawkweed.”
“Buttercups and yellow hawkweed and lupines in full cry.”
“Also some UFOs and lotsa hawkweed, yellow and orange, and buttercups and daisies.”
“New flower OTD, orange hawkweed joining the yellow.”
“Nothing particular new in the flora report, just lots of hawkweed and buttercups and such.”
“First wild roses, first bladder campion, the later variety of yellow hawkweed now showing.”
“More buttercups in the fields and ditches, with what I am calling bicycle botany again yellow hawkweed adding to the mix.”
“Orange hawkweed now blooming, and birdsfoot clover adding to the roadside yellow brigade.”
“First day-lilies blooming, both domestic and feral, and a different species of yellow hawkweed.”
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