bedstraw

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English bedstraw, bedstrau, bedde-straw, equivalent to bed +‎ straw.

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bedstraw (countable and uncountable, plural bedstraws)

  1. any plant of herb genus Galium of the madder family with small pointed leaves and hairy stems with small, white or yellow flowers
  2. Any plant of the genus Cruciata.
  3. (obsolete) straw put into a bed
    • 1631, [Francis Bacon], “7. Century.”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      Fleas breed principally of straw or mats, where there hath been a little moisture; or the chamber and bedstraw kept close and not aired

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