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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAGWEED

Yellow-stick, the ragwort or ragweed, which grows to a great size in Ireland.

Then there's this ragweed; if I let it alone, it will choke out every thing else.

If man could make but the single seed of the ragweed, he could make a world.

"Honestly, I didn't think it would kill anything but ragweed," Henry sniveled miserably.

Weed seeds such as those of spurges (Euphorbia), ragweed, and pigweed were found in trace amounts in the diet of the crows.

Of our ragweed not much can be set down that is complimentary, except that its name in the botany is Ambrosia, food of the gods.

The white-throated sparrow, a large and very pretty bird, eats the seeds of smartweed and ragweed.

Ragweed and smartweed seeds are dainties to him as some nuts are to you, and he eats a great many.

A mixed flock of these small birds lived several days last winter upon the seeds of the ragweed in my mowing-field.

The Canada thistle, ragweed, plantain and burdock are among the weeds that may thus ripen seeds in medium clover.

WORD ORIGIN

1790, from ragged + weed (n.); so called from shape of the leaves. Applied to a different plant (ragwort) from 1650s.

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