Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Erigeron, having variously colored, many-rayed, daisylike flower heads.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various plants of the genera Inula (especially I. dysenterica) or Erigeron (especially E. acre).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of various plants, supposed to have efficacy in driving away fleas. They belong, for the most part, to the genera Conyza, Erigeron, and Pulicaria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several composite plants, so called from their supposed power of destroying or driving away fleas.

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

  • n. common North American weed with linear leaves and small discoid heads of yellowish flowers; widely naturalized throughout temperate regions; sometimes placed in genus Erigeron
  • n. any of several North American plants of the genus Erigeron having daisylike flowers; formerly believed to repel fleas
  • n. hairy perennial Eurasian herb with yellow daisylike flowers reputed to destroy or drive away fleas

Etymologies

From flea +‎ bane. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Our fleabane is a troublesome weed at times, but good husbandry has little to dread from it.

    The Writings of John Burroughs — Volume 05: Pepacton

  • Mentha pulegium, also called fleabane, is the most well-known of these.

    The Seattle Times

  • Bird's-foot trefoil and bugloss, poppies and cornflowers, fumitory and fleabane – there were about 20 species all in bloom and, aside from the great surge of colour, the highlight for me was the bumblebees, mainly common carder and red-tailed bumblebees, that trafficked through the flowers all day long.

    Country diary: Claxton, Norfolk

  • "The now pan-global weed Canadian fleabane arrived in Europe in the seventeenth century in the stuffing of a bird imported from North America," we're told.

    Stow the Mower, Stop Pulling

  • By now the four of us were stumbling through a rolling pasture of daisy fleabane in full bloom.

    The Death of James A. Garfield « A Fly in Amber

  • The babies look good now, we have a very thuggish fleabane that is quite the weed, so I am hoping this little one likes it here too.

    How To Repot Daylily Seedlings-and other valuable info « Fairegarden

  • In the next bed were the medicinal herbs she used in potions for sick folks: squaw weed, hepatica, goldenseal, ginseng for the brain, jewelweed for poison ivy rash, wolf milk for warts, and fleabane and pale hergamot, which Granny would rub on her face and arms to keep off mosquitos and gnats.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Purple martins go so far as to line their nests with plants like wild carrot and fleabane that contain natural parasite-killers.

    Parasite Rex

  • As many as 30 different species grow, among them Alpine bartsia Bartsia alpina, Alpine bistort Polygonum viviparum, Unalaska fleabane Erigeron humilis and thick-leaved whitlow grass Draba crassifolia.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • The place was smelly at this time of year; she was expected to bind bunches of dried fleabane to keep pests at bay, and she was nundinae behind because she hated the job.

    Antony and Cleopatra

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