Definition of flixweed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflikswēd/


A Eurasian plant with small yellow flowers and finely divided leaves, formerly thought to cure dysentery.
  • Descurainia sophia, family Brassicaceae.
Example sentences
  • Flixweed flourishes in full sun, mesic to dry conditions, and almost any kind of soil.
  • Flixweed is a vigorous plant and a prolific seed producer, enabling it to be highly competitive to desirable plant species.


Late 16th century: from obsolete flix (variant of flux) + weed.

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Syllabification: flix·weed

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