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

  • noun Any of numerous chiefly North American plants of the genus Solidago of the composite family, having clusters of small usually yellow flower heads that bloom in late summer or fall.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as gray goldenrod.
  • noun A plant of the genus Solidago, the species of which have numerous small golden heads: these in the original species, S. Virgaurea of Europe, are arranged in a wand-like spike. See Solidago.

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

  • noun (Bot.) A tall herb (Solidago Virga-aurea), bearing small yellow flowers in a graceful elongated cluster. The name is common to all the species of the genus Solidago.
  • noun (Bot.) a shrub (Bosea Yervamora), a native of the Canary Isles.

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

  • noun A tall-stemmed, plant with clusters of small yellow flowers.
  • noun A golden-yellow colour, like that of the goldenrod plant.
  • adjective Of a golden-yellow colour, like that of the goldenrod plant.

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

  • noun any of numerous chiefly summer-blooming and fall-blooming North American plants especially of the genus Solidago


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  • Such golden fires, such yellow -- lo, how good

    This spendthrift world, and what a lavish God --

    This fringe of wood,

    Blazing with buttercup and goldenrod.

    - Louis Untermeyer, 'Feuerzauber'.

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