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neck +‎ weed


neckweed (usually uncountable, plural neckweeds)

  1. An American annual weed (Veronica peregrina), with small white flowers and a roundish pod.
  2. (humorous, archaic) The hemp plant, which furnishes ropes for hanging criminals.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for neckweed in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)