chickweed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chickweed any of various plants related to the common chickweed
    • n chickweed any of various plants of the genus Stellaria
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chickweed (Bot) The name of several caryophyllaceous weeds, especially Stellaria media, the seeds and flower buds of which are a favorite food of small birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chickweed The popular name of Stellaria media, a common weed in cultivated and waste grounds, flowering throughout the year. It has a procumbent more or less hairy stem, with ovate pointed leaves, and many small white flowers. It is much used for feeding cage-birds, which are very fond of both leaves and seeds. Also called chickenweed.
    • n chickweed A name of several plants of other genera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chickweed a species of stitchwort, and one of the most common weeds of gardens and cultivated fields—for making poultices, and for feeding cage-birds, which are very fond of its leaves and seeds
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cicen; cf. Dut. kieken, Ger. küchlein.

Usage

In literature:

There were huge loaves of rye bread full of grains of chickweed.
"McTeague" by Frank Norris
I could see groundsel and chickweed, and others that I did not know.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
The stomach of the emu was full of a small plant resembling chickweed, which grew round the water-holes.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Well, this particular fierce enemy was a patch of chickweed.
"Great Possessions" by David Grayson
A detective was sent to examine into the "robbery," and Chickweed would cry out, "There he is!
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Thus, Chickweed has been said to be an excellent weather-guide.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 19, Issue 549 (Supplementary issue)" by Various
Found chickweed and knawel in bloom, and an old garden was full of fresh-looking pansies.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
Groundsel (by the Author of Chickweed).
"A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land" by William R. Hughes
I could see groundsell and chickweed, and others that I did not know.
"The Wouldbegoods" by E. Nesbit
A low spreading plant, resembling some kinds of chickweed.
"Seeds of Michigan Weeds" by W. J. (William James) Beal
Chickweed Dick was gone; but he only gave place to one Chucky, who drew a donkey-cart to the door, and brought in a basket of red sand.
"A Little World" by George Manville Fenn
And I put chickweed over his cage.
"The William Henry Letters" by Abby Morton Diaz
Canaries are very fond of lettuce, chickweed, and plantain.
"Our Domestic Birds" by John H. Robinson
My worst pest is chickweed, which grows under the mulch and seems to grow all winter.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Then he flew back, took up Pink's ashes, bore them into another garden, and laid them in the midst of a bed of chickweed.
"A Round Dozen" by Susan Coolidge
The walks are overrun with shepherd's purse and chickweed, and the beds seem to grow little but nettles.
"The Haunted Room" by A. L. O. E.
They belong to the chickweed tribe.
"One Maid's Mischief" by George Manville Fenn
A little chickweed or other green food is also relished.
"Aileen Aroon, A Memoir" by Gordon Stables
OLD CHICKWEED; or, The Story told E. A.
"Mother Meg" by Catharine Shaw
HOLOSTEUM, L. JAGGED CHICKWEED.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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In news:

Chickweed rides latest trends.
Chickweed with Sesame and Soy Sauce .
FAIRBANKS — The gardens at the Airport Way intersections will not be full of dandelions and chickweed after all.
I have already seen chickweed, dandelion, saucer magnolia, and henbit in bloom.
Common chickweed, henbit, and purple deadnettle are cool-season weeds we usually see in crop fields during the fall and winter.
Visiting 9 Chickweed Lane.
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