One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1US any of several cudweeds, especially Gnaphalium americanum.
2Either of two plantains, Plantago albicans, a perennial of the Mediterranean region, and P. virginica, an annual of North America and eastern Asia.
3US any of several woolly plants of the genus Antennaria (family Asteraceae (Compositae)), especially Antennaria plantaginifolia.
Late 17th century.
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