Scratch-weed

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Scratch-weed the goose-grass
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Explained by Skeat as due to the confusion of M. E. skratten, to scratch, with M. E. cracchen, to scratch: skratten standing for skarten, an extended form from Ice. sker-a, to shear; cracchen, again, stands for kratsen—Sw. kratsa, to scrape.

Usage

In literature:

If a farmer would reap a good crop, he scratches the weeds out of his field.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
A few hens scratched the weeds in what once might have been flower-beds.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
He scratched the weeds from the paths, raked them up and grumpily fed them to the rabbit.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
The nests are made by scratching down a few inches, and the edges surrounded with sea-weeds.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
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In poetry:

Red berries droop below each pointed ear;
Her nut-brown legs are criss-crossed white with scratches;
Her merry laughter sifts among the pines;
Her eager face gleams pale from milk-weed patches.
"Miss Pixie" by Lloyd Roberts

In news:

She steps over, then under, 80-year-old barbed wire, scratching and crunching her way through West Texas greasewood and broom weed.
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