Definitions

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

  • n. A widespread weed (Anthemis cotula) having rank-smelling, bipinnately divided leaves and white-rayed flower heads. Also called stinking chamomile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mayflower.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A composite plant (Anthemis Cotula), having a strong odor; dog's fennel. It is a native of Europe, now common by the roadsides in the United States.
  • n. The feverfew.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A composite plant, Anthemis Cotula, a common weed throughout Europe and Asiatic Russia, and, by naturalization, in America.

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

  • n. widespread rank-smelling weed having white-rayed flower heads with yellow discs

Etymologies

Middle English maythe weed, mayyen wed, alteration (influenced by May and maiden) of maithe, from Old English mægtha.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
May +‎ weed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The cornflower and mayweed on the garland around the mummy were in flower in March and April, which tells us the time of year he was buried," said Nigel Hepper of the Royal Horticultural Society at Kew Gardens.

    Tutankhamun Died In a Hunting Accident | Impact Lab

  • Botanists found it included cornflowers and mayweed that were fresh at the time the decoration was made.

    Tutankhamun Died In a Hunting Accident | Impact Lab

  • It held many memories for Sam -- a gift from Cata, way back when; he'd never used it professionally except once to carry willowbark and mayweed powder in, sovereign against the headaches that plagued him one year during a particularly bad pollen harvest.

    Villains by Necessity

  • I have some lovely scarlet pimqernel, corn camomile (you may know that better as mayweed) ... '

    Funeral In Berlin

  • -- Take a teaspoonful of powdered charcoal in molasses every morning, and wash it down with a little tea, or drink half a glass of raw rum or gin, and drink freely of mayweed tea.

    Burroughs' Encyclopaedia of Astounding Facts and Useful Information, 1889

  • Yellows of different complexions were discovered in mayweed, goldenrod and sumac, and the little-girl Faiths and Hopes and Harmonys came in with fingers pink from the handling of pokeberries and purple from blackberry stain, tempting the sight with evanescent dyes which would not keep their color even when stayed with alum and fortified with salt.

    The Development of Embroidery in America

  • Some knotty knapweeds stay in out-of-the-way places, where the scythe has not been; some bunches of mayweed, too, are visible in the corners of the stubble.

    Nature Near London

  • Out from that trench, sometimes stealthily slipping between the flattened fern-stalks, came a weasel, and, running through the plantains and fringe-like mayweed or stray pimpernel which covered the neglected ground, made for the straw-rick.

    Field and Hedgerow Being the Last Essays of Richard Jefferies

  • By this time generally the corn is high above the mayweed, but this year the flower is level with its shelter.

    The Toilers of the Field

  • As tall as the young corn the mayweed fringes the arable fields with its white rays and yellow centre, somewhat as the broad moon-daisies stand in the grass.

    The Toilers of the Field

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  • See dog-daisy.

    December 6, 2010


  • Spring will not all, nor autumn falter,
    Nothing will know that you are gone,
    Saving alone some sullen plowland
    None but yourself sets foot upon;

    Saving the mayweed and the pigweed
    Nothing will know that you are dead—
    These, and perhaps a useless wagon
    Standing beside some tumbled shed.

    - Edna St. Vincent Millay, 'Elegy Before Death'.

    September 22, 2009