fleabane

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fleabane common North American weed with linear leaves and small discoid heads of yellowish flowers; widely naturalized throughout temperate regions; sometimes placed in genus Erigeron
    • n fleabane any of several North American plants of the genus Erigeron having daisylike flowers; formerly believed to repel fleas
    • n fleabane hairy perennial Eurasian herb with yellow daisylike flowers reputed to destroy or drive away fleas
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fleabane (Bot) One of various plants, supposed to have efficacy in driving away fleas. They belong, for the most part, to the genera Conyza Erigeron, and Pulicaria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fleabane One of several composite plants, so called from their supposed power of destroying or driving away fleas. The common fleabane of England is Pulicaria dysenterica, or sometimes P. vulgaris, and the blue fleabane is Erigeron acris. In the United States the common fleabane is Erigeron Philadelphicus, the daisy-fleabane is E. strigosus or E. annuus, and the marsh-fleabane is Pluchea camphorata. In Jamaica the name is given to Vernonia arborescens.
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Usage

In literature:

Canada fleabane brings from six to eight cents per pound.
"Three Acres and Liberty" by Bolton Hall
Our fleabane is a troublesome weed at times, but good husbandry has little to dread from it.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
The feathery, daisy-like flowers of the common fleabane are of frequent occurrence in moist meadows or along the roadsides in spring.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
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