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1A widely distributed plant of the daisy family, with yellow rayless flowers.
- ‘Growing among the tufa formations in the marshes are dock, giant red Indian paintbrush, groundsel, horsetail, Rocky Mountain iris, an aquatic speedwell, stinging nettle (which often surrounds each tower), and willow herb.’
- ‘While studying a drab little plant called the groundsel, he was struck by the fact that plants of the same genetic variety could look very different in different environments.’
- ‘In the last analysis, groundsels breeding groundsels is not evolution - that's groundless!’
- ‘The image, of a groundsel, shows Britain's newest species of plant - found next to the railway station car park in York.’
- ‘Add glyphosate for effective control of common chickweed, wild carrot, poison hemlock, cressleaf groundsel, and dense populations of dandelion.’
2variant spelling of groundsill
Old English gundæswelgiæ (later grundeswylige), probably from gund pus + swelgan to swallow (with reference to its use in poultices). The later form may be by association with ground, and refer to the plant's rapid growth.
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