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ground·sel 1

 (ground′səl, groun′-)
n.
Any of various plants in the composite family, chiefly of the genera Senecio and Packera, having rayed, usually yellow flower heads.

[Middle English groundeswille, from Old English grundeswylige, alteration (influenced by grund, ground) of gundeswilge : gund, pus + swelgan, to swallow (from its use in reducing abscesses); see swel- in Indo-European roots.]

ground·sel 2

 (ground′səl, groun′-)
n.
Variant of groundsill.
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groundsel

(ˈɡraʊnsəl) or

groundsell

n
1. (Plants) any of certain plants of the genus Senecio, esp S. vulgaris, a Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowers: family Asteraceae (composites). See also ragwort
2. (Plants) groundsel tree a shrub, Baccharis halimifolia, of E North America, with white plumelike fruits: family Asteraceae
[Old English grundeswelge, changed from gundeswilge, from gund pus + swelgan to swallow; after its use in poultices on abscesses]
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ground•sel1

(ˈgraʊnd səl)

n.
any composite plant of the genus Senecio, esp. S. vulgaris, a common weed having clusters of small yellow flowers.
[before 900; Old English grundeswelge, gundeswelge; compare Old English gund pus, swelgan to swallow, absorb (from its use in medicine)]

ground•sel2

(ˈgraʊnd səl)

n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.groundsel - Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowersgroundsel - Eurasian weed with heads of small yellow flowers
genus Senecio, Senecio - enormous and diverse cosmopolitan genus of trees and shrubs and vines and herbs including many weeds
weed - any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
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Translations

groundsel

[ˈgraʊnsl] Nhierba f cana
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groundsel

nKreuzkraut nt
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groundsel

[ˈgraʊnsl] nerba calderina
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References in classic literature ?
Some groundsel was strewed on a table which stood immediately under the cage.
There was always a superfluity of broad beans--it took nine or ten of Adam's strides to get to the end of the uncut grass walk that ran by the side of them; and as for other vegetables, there was so much more room than was necessary for them that in the rotation of crops a large flourishing bed of groundsel was of yearly occurrence on one spot or other.
There was fresh groundsel, too, for Miss Maylie's birds, with which Oliver, who had been studying the subject under the able tuition of the village clerk, would decorate the cages, in the most approved taste.