hogweed [hawg-weed, hog-] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. any coarse weed with composite flower heads, especially the cow parsnip.
  2. giant hogweed.

Origin of hogweed First recorded in 1700–10; hog + weed1 Examples from the Web for hogweed Historical Examples of hogweed

  • It feeds on the flowers of angelica (Angelica sylvestris), hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium), and other Umbellifer.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for hogweed hogweed noun

    1. any of several coarse weedy umbelliferous plants, esp cow parsnipSee also giant hogweed

    Word Origin and History for hogweed n.

    1707, from hog (n.) + weed; used in different places of various plants eaten by hogs or deemed fit only for them.

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