Definition of henbit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhenbit/


A dead-nettle with purple flowers and partly prostrate stems, native to Eurasia, several kinds of which have become widely naturalized in North America.
  • Genus Lamium, family Labiatae: several species, in particular L. amplexicaule.
Example sentences
  • Many winter annual weeds, including common chickweed, purple deadnettle, henbit, and cressleaf groundsel, have become increasingly problematic in corn, soybean, and wheat production.
  • Then winter arrives - usually for about two weeks - and we get new weeds - chickweed, henbit and annual bluegrass.
  • Weeds such as henbit and pennycress are winter annuals that generally emerge in the fall.


Late 16th century: apparently a translation of Low German or Dutch hoenderbeet.

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Syllabification: hen·bit

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