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- n. Any of several plants of the goosefoot family, sometimes used as potherbs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name given to several common weedy European plants of the Goosefoot family, introduced into N. America, and sometimes used as pot herbs, as Chenopodium album and Atriplex patulsa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A European weed, Atriplex patula, natural order Chenopodiaceæ.
- n. An American weed of the same order, Chenopodium album, naturalized from Europe; white goosefoot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common weedy European plant introduced into North America; often used as a potherb
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In the fall, mushrooms, ripe with the smells of earth and rain and falling leaves; in the spring, mixed found vegetables--dandelion greens, purslane, and lamb's-quarters, cooked in a stew with garlic and hot pepper--with farm eggs poached on top; in the winter, cranberry bean soup cooked in a terra-cotta pot with the rinds of Parmesan cheese; and in the summer, fried zucchini flowers, crisp and aromatic as the early morning air in the mountains.
She went out in calf-length dresses and big black rubber boots, pulling stalks of blue chickweeds and lamb's-quarters, hacking at a half-dead hedge of privet shrubs.
There were errands to look after, and usually a pig, and sometimes two, that accumulated adipose on purslane and lamb's-quarters, with surplus clams for dessert, also quahaugs to preserve the poetic unities.
-- In winter we often see dead tops of lamb's-quarters and amaranths -- the smooth and the prickly pigweeds -- still standing where they grew in the summer.
Chenopodium berlandieri, which is lamb's-quarters, he says.
So as an alternative to the green bean casserole, why not try lamb's-quarters cooked with a little hickory nut butter and wild onion this holiday?