fireweed fireweed  /ˈfaɪ ər ˌwid/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) tall North American perennial with creeping rootstocks and narrow leaves and spikes of pinkish-purple flowers occurring in great abundance in burned-over areas or recent clearings; an important honey plant
  2. (n) an American weedy plant with small white or greenish flowers

Usage(s):

  1. Homemade breakfasts include local delicacies like fireweed honey and salmonberry jam.
  2. They tussled with the Mexican fireweed that had got into the oats, stopped to oil the binder, took a swig from the canvas water jug, worked on.
  3. Monkshood and fireweed were other prominent indicators of sites.

News

Quotes

  • "Traditionally, our people collected the fur off the bushes in the summer time when [the mountain goats] shed," Bill said by phone from Bellingham. "The original blankets were a mix of mountain-goat wool, cattail fluff and fireweed fluff...
    on Apr 17, 2007 By: Bill Holm Source: Seattle Times

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