Definition of hawkweed in English:

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hawkweed

Pronunciation: /ˈhôkˌwēd/

noun

A widely distributed plant of the daisy family, typically having small yellow dandelionlike flower heads and often growing as a weed.
  • Genus Hieracium, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • The ancient Greeks believed that the sap of hawkweeds was responsible for the keen eyesight of hawks.
  • He has been studying hawkweed as a candidate for biocontrol.
  • In lawns, mowing of hawkweeds is ineffective because the low-lying rosettes are missed by mower blades.

Origin

Late Old English, rendering Latin hieracium, based on Greek hierax 'hawk'.

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Syllabification: hawk·weed

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