American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several New World herbs of the genus Helenium of the composite family, having yellow to red-purple rayed flower heads.
- n. See sneezewort.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Helenium, mostly the common H. autumnale. In England this, though rather coarse, is known in ornamental culture. Its powdered leaves and flowers when snuffed up produce violent sneezing. Recently the finer southwestern species, H. tenuifolium, has received some notice. It is poisonous to human beings and to horses. Both plants have been advocated for medical use in nervous diseases. Less properly called
sneezewortSee cut under Helenium.
- n. In Australia, a dwarf, erect, odorous herb of the aster family, Centipeda Cunninghamii, considered a valuable specific for certain diseases of the eye.
- n. US A plant of the genus Helenium, especially Helenium autumnale.
- n. Australia A plant of the genus Centipeda; either of the species Centipeda cunninghamii or Centipeda minima, which induce sneezing and are known as a folk remedy for colds and allergic reactions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A yellow-flowered composite plant (Helenium autumnale) the odor of which is said to cause sneezing.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Helenium characteristically causing sneezing
- From sneeze + weed. (Wiktionary)
“I thought it was called sneezeweed because it bloomed at the same time as the notorious Ragweed and blame was misguided.”
“Whoever cares to learn from experience why this was called sneezeweed, must take a whiff of snuff made of the dried and powdered leaves.”
“This sneezeweed is an erect, clump-forming, Missouri native perennial which occurs in moist soils along streams, ponds or ditches and in spring-fed meadows, prairie and wet open ground throughout most of the State Steyermark.”
“Your sneezeweed is as pretty as you described Frances.”
“Powdered disk flowers and leaves of this species have in the past been dried and used as snuff, thus giving rise to the common name of sneezeweed.”
“I think sneezeweed might keep people from trying this wonderful plant.”
“Cuckoo bumblebee (Psithyrus insularis) searching for pollen and nectar on sneezeweed (Dugaldia hoopsii).”
“Tijuana Brass autumn sneezeweed is a wonderful new perennial for the cutting garden.”
“As Hanson reflects on the season, she points out yarrow and sneezeweed (Helenium).”
“Cuckoo bumblebee (Psithyrus insularis) searching for pollen and nectar on sneezeweed”
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