bedstraw

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bedstraw any of several plants of the genus Galium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bedstraw (Bot) A genus of slender herbs, usually with square stems, whorled leaves, and small white flowers.
    • Bedstraw Straw put into a bed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bedstraw Straw used in stuffing a mattress or bed. [In this literal sense properly with a hyphen.]
    • n bedstraw A popular name of the different species of the genus Galium, from the old practice of using it in beds. Our Lady's or yellow bedstraw is G. verum; white bedstraw is G. Mollugo. See Galium. A name given to Desmodium Aparines.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bedstraw the name applied to a genus of the Rubiace√¶, of which eleven species are found in England, the most familiar our Lady's Bedstraw, or Yellow Bedstraw (Galium verum), sometimes called Cheese Rennet from its property of curdling milk
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bed; Ger. bett, Ice. bedr.

Usage

In literature:

The grassy track, so gay with scabious and bedstraw, was snow-white at the bottom of its ruts.
"The Longest Journey" by E. M. Forster
But her Bedstraw dies.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, July 21, 1920" by Various
Among these are Ladies Bedstraw, whortleberry, yellow iris, bracken, bramble, meadow sweet, alder, heather and many others.
"Vegetable Dyes" by Ethel M. Mairet
There is the rough bedstraw.
"Old Plymouth Trails" by Winthrop Packard
Lady's bedstraw seems to have been so called from the yellow colour of one or more kinds of Galium.
"Springtime and Other Essays" by Francis Darwin
In some places the sward is covered as with snow by the lavish-spreading fairy-bedstraw.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Chafe Litter is he that wyll plucke vp the Fether-bed or Matrice, and pysse in the bedstraw, and wyl neuer ryse vncalled.
"The Rogues and Vagabonds of Shakespeare's Youth" by John Awdeley
There is a white bedstraw as well as a yellow, and you will often find great masses of both growing like a carpet on the grassy hedge-banks.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
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In poetry:

This month our favorite one is full of flowers:
buttercups, red clover, purple vetch,
hackweed still burning, daisies pied, eyebright,
the fragrant bedstraw's incandescent stars,
and more, returned, to paint the meadows with delight.
"North Haven" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

Some Christian groups assign bedstraw religious significance.
The wildflower bedstraw (Galium tinctorium) we examine today is a bothersome species that grows everywhere you do not want it.
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