• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n golden-rod gōld"'n*rŏd` (Bot) A tall herb (Solidago Virga-aurea), bearing small yellow flowers in a graceful elongated cluster. The name is common to all the species of the genus Solidago.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Golden-rod any herb of the genus Solidago, of the aster family
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  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “Come, cuddle your head on my shoulder, dear, your head like the golden-rod, and we will go sailing away from here to the beautiful land of Nod.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gold; Ice. gull, Ger. gold, Goth. gulth, Russ. zlato, Gr. chrysos.


In literature:

I had an uncontrollable desire to again look at the girl with the golden-rod hair.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
They had been gathering golden-rod, and their arms were full of the glory of autumn.
"'Way Down East" by Joseph R. Grismer
XI GOLDEN DAYS for a fish-bowl or a bamboo fishing rod.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls, Vol. XII, Jan. 3, 1891" by Various
She walked slowly between the fields, which were white and gold with queen's-lace and golden-rod.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
They always in the golden Chariot rod, Honour their Heav'n, and Interest their God.
"Anti-Achitophel (1682)" by Elkanah Settle et al.
It shone like a golden rod as it moved.
"The Shadow World" by Hamlin Garland
Upon a stand was a vase of golden rod, yellow and vivid amid the rich coloring.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Thou hast taken up the golden rod by the wrong end.
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
The dining room should be decorated with autumn leaves, golden rod, yellow chrysanthemums, strings of cranberries, etc.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
But still the dahlia blooms, and pansies, too; The golden-rod still rears its yellow crest.
"Gleams of Sunshine" by Joseph Horatio Chant

In poetry:

By day the sunlight through the leaves
Falls on its moist, green sod,
And wakes the violet bloom of spring
And autumn's golden-rod.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The foliage is growing old;
All through the verdure gleams the gold;
The rose is turning into mold;
But golden rod stands ev'rywhere.
"The Golden Rod" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
She lives incarnate in each flower fair,
Her eyes illume the violets in my hand,
The golden-rod that lights the Autumn land
Seems but the scattered star-dust of her hair.
"Insatiate" by Leigh Gordon Giltner
The wild flowers springing from thy native sod
Lent all their charms thy new-world song to fill,
Gave thee the mayflower and the golden-rod
To match the daisy and the daffodil.
"In Memory Of John Greenleaf Whittier" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Strange that on his burial-sod
Harebells bloom, and golden-rod,
While the soul's dark horoscope
Holds no starry sign of hope!
Is the Unseen with sight at odds?
Nature's pity more than God's?
"The Grave" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The breakers warned them from the sea,
The late light lured them up the shore;
The jewels of the golden-rod
Blazed deep as topaz to the core;
The far fields watched them silently
And blessed them like the peace of God.
"The Difference" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

In news:

Rachel Alexandra Wins Golden Rod.
Rachel Alexandra rolls in the Golden Rod.
Golden Rod Features Two Graded Victors.
Pocahontas winner Sara Louise faces Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Dream Empress in the Golden Rod Stakes.
Pure Clan Aims Higher in Golden Rod.
Pocahontas winner Pure Clan tries to remain unbeaten in the Golden Rod.
Former governor Rod Blagojevich said his definition of "f-ing golden" was "good things for Illinois" during his third day of testimony at his corruption trial.
Horror Rod Lott One surefire sign you're watching something from horror's golden age of schlock: Lon Chaney Jr is cast as a guy named Mungo.
The National Street Rod Association's 11th annual Golden State Street Rod Nationals Plus event kicks off its three-day run today at Cal Expo in Sacramento.
Comedy Rod Lott At last month's Golden Globes, when Paul Giamatti won Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy for "Barney's Version," you, too, may have asked, "What the hell is 'Barney's Version'.".
Rod Blagojevich was something of a golden boy when he became the governor of Illinois—a young, charismatic champion of change with powerful backers and presidential aspirations.
Not everything ex-governor Rod Blagojevich touches turns bleepin' golden.
Once the final stamp of approval is granted by the California Air Resources Board, the E-ROD package will meet emissions standards and be legal in the Golden State and all others that follow its lead.