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[mass noun] Ground elder, which was formerly used to treat gout.Compare with herb Gerard
- ‘I interplant it with daffodils so that when they are done flowering goutweed overwhelms the otherwise unsightly leaf straps of daffodils.’
- ‘If I can't save the world, I can at least refresh my little corner of it without making things worse by planting invasives, such as the pretty little goutweed that could so easily cover that bare spot under the beech tree.’
- ‘Where it is grown with other plants, goutweed will quickly take over, shading out all others’
- ‘An alternative name, goutweed, alludes to the supposed medicinal properties of the plant.’
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