chickweed


chickweed
/chik"weed'/, n.
1. any plant of the genus Stellaria, of the pink family, as S. media, a common Old World weed whose leaves and seeds are relished by birds.
2. any of various allied plants.
[1325-75; ME chiken wede. See CHICK, WEED1]

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Either of two species of small-leaved weeds, in the pink family.

Common chickweed, or stitchwort (Stellaria media), is native to Europe but widely naturalized. It usually grows to 18 in. (45 cm) but is a low-growing and spreading annual weed in mowed lawns. Mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum), also from Europe, is a usually shorter, mat-forming, spreading perennial with many upright stems. It grows in lawns, pastures, and cultivated fields throughout temperate regions. Both species have inconspicuous but delicate white, star-shaped flowers.

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plant
 species of small-leaved weeds of the pink, or carnation, family (Caryophyllaceae). The common chickweed, or stitchwort (Stellaria media), is native to Europe but is widely naturalized. It usually grows to 45 cm (18 inches) but becomes a low-growing and spreading annual weed in mowed lawns. It is useful as a food for canaries.

      Mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum), which is also from Europe, is a mat-forming, spreading perennial that has many upright stems, but it is usually not so tall as common chickweed. It grows in lawns, pastures, and cultivated fields throughout temperate regions. The stems and leaves are hairy and somewhat sticky.

      Both common and mouse-ear chickweed have inconspicuous but delicate white, somewhat star-shaped flowers.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Chickweed — Chick weed ( w[=e]d ), n. (Bot.) The name of several caryophyllaceous weeds, especially {Stellaria media}, the seeds and flower buds of which are a favorite food of small birds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chickweed — late 14c., chekwede, from CHICK (Cf. chick) + WEED (Cf. weed). In O.E. it was cicene mete chicken food …   Etymology dictionary

  • chickweed — ► NOUN ▪ a small white flowered plant, often growing as a garden weed …   English terms dictionary

  • chickweed — [chik′wēd΄] n. any of several low growing plants (esp. genera Cerastium and Stellaria) of the pink family, often found as weeds in lawns and gardens …   English World dictionary

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  • chickweed — daržinė žliūgė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gvazdikinių šeimos daržovinis, maistinis, vaistinis augalas (Stellaria media), kilęs iš Eurazijos. Piktžolė. atitikmenys: lot. Stellaria media angl. chickweed; common chickweed vok. Vogelmiere; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • chickweed — [[t]tʃɪ̱kwiːd[/t]] N UNCOUNT Chickweed is a plant with small leaves and white flowers which grows close to the ground …   English dictionary

  • chickweed — /ˈtʃɪkwid / (say chikweed) noun 1. any of various herbs of the genus Stellaria, especially S. media. 2. any of various allied plants, as Cerastium glomeratum, mouse ear chickweed …   Australian English dictionary

  • chickweed — noun Date: 14th century any of various low growing small leaved weedy plants of the pink family (especially genera Cerastium and Stellaria); especially a cosmopolitan weed (Stelleria media) naturalized in the United States from Eurasia …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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