Definitions

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

  • n. A low-growing, stoloniferous plant (Potentilla anserina) having yellow flowers and rosettes of pinnate leaves that are silvery beneath. Also called goose grass.

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  • n. Any of several species of low-growing flowering plants, the leaves of which are silvery underneath, some now assigned to the genus Argentina, most previously assigned to genus Potentilla.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A perennial rosaceous herb (Potentilla Anserina) having the leaves silvery white beneath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, Potentilla Anserina, having pinnate leaves covered beneath with silvery-silky down.
  • n. A plant of the convolvulaceous genus Argyreia, containing some 30 chiefly East Indian and Malayan species.

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

  • n. any of various twining shrubs of the genus Argyreia having silvery leaves and showy purple flowers
  • n. low-growing perennial having leaves silvery beneath; northern United States; Europe; Asia

Etymologies

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silver +‎ weed

Examples

  • The leaves of the silverweed are brown and curled like ageing scraps of paper.

    Country diary: South Uist

  • There is softness in the luxuriance of the grass and the leaves of the silverweed, still curled in upon themselves and looking pale and almost feathery.

    Country diary

  • Isabelle squinted her eyes, opened them wide, tilted her head left, then right, as she watched Grete walk out to the front yard to check on a patch of silverweed she was cultivating by the woodpile.

    Falling In

  • Salt marshes occur here and there in protected inlets, their lower parts dominated by creeping saltmarsh grass Puccinellia phryganodes, the upper parts by Pacific silverweed Potentilla egedii.

    Ilulissat Icefjord, Denmark-Greenland

  • But when they or their rivals, silverweed, burdock, false ragweed, thistles, gumweed, and others usurp the landscape and seem to choke up the very earth and the very air with ceaseless monotony and repetition, then they become an offence to the eye and a reproach to those who tolerate them.

    Over Prairie Trails

  • Under-foot, almost in the very dust of the road, the silverweed opened its yellow petals, and where there was a dry bank, or by the gateways leading into the corn, the pink pimpernel grew.

    Round About a Great Estate

  • The Machair, the low sandy coastal plain, comes alive in summer, yellow with buttercups and iris, silverweed and eyebright.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

  • I love the gorse and the bracken, I love the stagnant pond, I love the very geese that tug hard at the silverweed, they make it all seem so deliciously English. "

    The Woman Who Did

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