Definition of cudweed in English:



mass noun
  • A plant of the daisy family, with hairy or downy leaves and inconspicuous flowers.

    Genera Gnaphalium and Filago, family Compositae

    • ‘Lowland cudweed may be found in low moist places such as along streams puddles, and in dried vernal pools.’
    • ‘The cudweeds were soon covered with dozens of painted lady caterpillars.’
    • ‘Cheyenne furthermore obtained a dye from cudweed to rub upon their bodies as protection in battle.’
    • ‘Other locals include yarrow, pussytoes, mallow, cudweed, meadowsweet, and chickweed.’
    • ‘If all cudweeds were to vanish from our realm, we'd not notice a difference.’


Mid 16th century: from cud + weed, said to be given to cattle who had lost their cud.