Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various plants in the composite family, especially of the genus Gnaphalium, having woolly leaves and small whitish or yellowish flower heads.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

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