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chaffweed Line breaks: chaff|weed
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃafwiːd/

Definition of chaffweed in English:


[mass noun]
A tiny European pimpernel with pink or white flowers.
  • Anagallis minima, family Primulaceae
Example sentences
  • We have also found smooth boisduvalia and chaffweed under irrigation pivots in cultivated fields, and sand verbena is found in open, shifting sand dunes.
  • A. minima (chaffweed) is a small, spreading annual with alternate, oval, stalkless leaves.
  • Alvan W. Chapman first collected chaffweed in the mid 1800s along the Caloosahatchee River (s.n., US), presumably in Lee County.


Mid 16th century: probably from the verb chafe + weed.

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