Definitions

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

  • n. See alfilaria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In California, either of two species of stork's-bill, Erodium cicutarium and E. moschatum; alfilerilla.

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

  • n. European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage

Etymologies

Alteration of alfilaria.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • a brilliant carpet with its sage-green background and occasional dash of deeper green where patches of "filaree" covered the sandy soil!

    Tabitha at Ivy Hall

  • We walk by flora that I have only seen in books—brittlebush and cheeseweed, filaree, jojoba.

    VANISHING ACTS

  • We walk by flora that I have only seen in books – brittlebush and cheeseweed, filaree, jojoba.

    Vanishing Acts

  • In place of strong grasses these places are now covered for a few weeks in spring with a growth of a plant known as “filaree,” which, owing to the rapid maturing of its seeds (in a month or less), seems to be the only plant not completely destroyed by the cattle, although the latter are very fond of it and eat it freely, both green and when dried on the ground.

    Aboriginal Remains in Verde Valley, Arizona Thirteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1891-92, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1896, pages 179-262

  • When Peter came upon the scene he found Linda, flushed and brilliant eyed, holding before him a big bouquet of alder bloom, the last of the lilacs she had found in a cool, shaded place, pink filaree, blue lupin, and white mahogany panicles.

    Her father`s daughter

  • Good for nothin ', I'd been told, but to run cows on in winter, when the filaree and bunch grass are green.

    The She Boss A Western Story

  • During years when spring temperatures are moderate and precipitation is plentiful, you'll notice fields of yellow-blooming mustards and purple-blooming filaree that seem to appear out of nowhere.

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  • Rhyne said even if the poppies are curled, there are plenty of goldfields at the reserve, along with lacy phacelia and plenty of filaree, plus a few cream cups and Mojave sun cups.

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  • Some cold-adapted winter annuals that are becoming more common are popcorn flower, or Pectocarya recurvata, and Erodium cicutarium, known more commonly as red filaree or storksbill.

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  • Species such as Russian thistle (Salsola tragus, also called S. kali), mustards (especially Brassica tournefortii), filaree (Erodium cicutarium), and Lehmann’s lovegrass (Eragrostis lehmannii) are more aggressive than most of the native annuals and are crowding them out in many areas where they have become established.

    Adaptations of desert plants

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