One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Water agrimony, especially Eupatorium cannibinum (now rare).
2US any of several North American plants of the genus Amaranthus (family Amaranthaceae), especially A. cannabinus, a tall marsh plant with willow-like leaves and greenish-yellow flowers, and A. tuberculatus, a troublesome agricultural weed.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Withals (d. c1555), lexicographer.
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