paterson's curse

paterson's curse
\\ˈpad.ə(r)sənz-\ noun
Usage: usually capitalized P
Etymology: after William Paterson died 1810 Australian administrator and botanist
: a perennial weed (Echium plantagineum) that is particularly troublesome on Australian rangeland

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Paterson's curse /patˈər-sənz kûrs/ (Aust)
Any of various naturalized orig European herbs regarded as harmful to livestock
ORIGIN: Ety doubtful

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