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cud +‎ weed, or perhaps an alteration of cottonweed or cutweed (referring to its application to cuts and chafings).


cudweed (plural cudweeds)

  1. Any of many of species of flowering plants in family Asteraceae:
    1. Gamochaeta, a plant genus with species in North and South America
    2. Gnaphalium, a plant genus with species in Eurasia and the Americas
    3. Pseudognaphalium, a plant genus native to North America
    4. Filago, a plant genus in Eurasia and North America
    5. Euchiton, a plant genus native to Australasia and the Pacific
    6. Helichrysum, a plant genus occurring in Africa, Australasia and Eurasia.

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