fireweed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fireweed an American weedy plant with small white or greenish flowers
    • n fireweed tall North American perennial with creeping rootstocks and narrow leaves and spikes of pinkish-purple flowers occurring in great abundance in burned-over areas or recent clearings; an important honey plant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fireweed (Bot) An American plant (Erechthites hiercifolia), very troublesome in spots where brushwood has been burned.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fireweed In botany: The Erechthites hieracifolia, a coarse annual composite of North America, so called from its appearing abundantly where clearings have recently been burned over.
    • n fireweed The great willow-herb, Epilobium angustifolium, for the same reason.
    • n fireweed The horseweed, Erigeron Canadensis.
    • n fireweed A species of plantain, Plantago media.
    • n fireweed The jimson-weed, Datura Stramonium; also, occasionally, D. Tatula.
    • n fireweed The wild lettuce, Lactuca Canadensis.
    • n fireweed The golden ragwort, Senecio aureus.
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Usage

In literature:

Summer insects danced on the air, and a flock of white butterflies fanned the mobile tips of the crimson fireweed.
"Summer" by Edith Wharton
It is nearly always accompanied by the yellow fireweed.
"The Mountain that was 'God'" by John H. Williams
There are several kinds of fireweeds.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
In open patches, on the hillsides the goldenrod burned orange and the fireweed spread its washes of violet pink.
"The House in the Water" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Fireweed grew low, but the blooms were large and of a deep rose color.
"Alaska" by Ella Higginson
There were great fields of fireweed, which presented masses of pink.
"Canoeing in the wilderness" by Henry David Thoreau
A few herbs, like the fireweed, golden-rod, and pearly everlasting, occur in open places.
"Notes on the Mammals of Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties, Michigan, 1920" by L. R. Dice
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In poetry:

Holy wine is good indeed--
But they concoct fireweed
Into galvanizing action
With exceeding satisfaction.
"Tonopah And Clergy " by Norman MacLeod

In news:

Fireweed restarts principal search.
Fireweed 's principal-hiring process questioned.
Lily looking at plants for her Mama at Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts.
Lily visits Fireweed Herb Garden and Gifts in Kenai with Ann.
On behalf of the Fireweed Academy community, I would like to acknowledge a heartfelt thanks to all the folks who were able to help with our yurt raising.
Fireweed Academy students know all about structures.
Police look for suspect in shooting near Fireweed Lane.
Sherwin-Williams paint stores sells Fireweed, a close approximation.
Homer artist Lynn Naden, top, recently completed an artist-in-residency at Fireweed Academy.
Alaska Republican Party chairman Randy Ruedrich, left, and chairman-elect Russ Millette at headquarters on Fireweed Lane in Anchorage on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
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