goosefoot

/goohs"foot'/, n., pl. goosefoots.
any of numerous, often weedy plants of the genus Chenopodium, having inconspicuous greenish flowers.
[1540-50; GOOSE + FOOT]

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plant
 any of several salt-tolerant plant species belonging to the genus Chenopodium, in the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. There are about 100 species in the genus, which grows in temperate regions around the world. They are weedy, rank-smelling plants. Some of the species in the genus have leaves that resemble the foot of a goose. Good-King-Henry (C. bonus-henricus), sometimes called mercury, is a deep-rooted perennial with several stems and edible, spinach-like leaves. Feather geranium, or Jerusalem oak (C. botrys), has many clusters of small flowers and is occasionally cultivated in gardens. Pigweed, or lamb's quarters (C. album [see photograph—>]), is one of the most common weedy species.

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  • goosefoot — [go͞os′foot΄] adj. designating a family (Chenopodiaceae, order Caryophyllales) of dicotyledonous plants, including spinach and beets n. pl. goosefoots any of a genus (Chenopodium) of weedy plants of the goosefoot family, with small green flowers… …   English World dictionary

  • Goosefoot — Goose foot , n. (Bot.) A genus of herbs ({Chenopodium}) mostly annual weeds; pigweed. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goosefoot — noun (plural goosefoots) Date: 1548 any of a genus (Chenopodium) or family (Chenopodiaceae, the goosefoot family) of glabrous herbs with fruit that is a utricle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • goosefoot — noun Any of many flowering plants, of the subfamily Chenopodioideae, having small greenish flowers. Syn: pigweed …   Wiktionary

  • goosefoot — n. type of weed, family of plants that produce small green flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • goosefoot — noun (plural goosefoots) a plant with divided leaves which are said to resemble the foot of a goose. [Genus Chenopodium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • goosefoot — goose•foot [[t]ˈgusˌfʊt[/t]] n. pl. foots pln any of numerous, often weedy plants of the genus Chenopodium, having inconspicuous greenish flowers • Etymology: 1540–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • goosefoot — /ˈgusfʊt/ (say goohsfoot) noun (plural goosefoots) 1. any plant of the genus Chenopodium, containing many widely distributed herbs and shrubs with minute green flowers. 2. any member of the family Chenopodiaceae …   Australian English dictionary

  • goosefoot — n. (pl. foots) any plant of the genus Chenopodium, having leaves shaped like the foot of a goose …   Useful english dictionary

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