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 for Pestilence weed
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pestilence \Pes"ti*lence\, n. [F. pestilence, L. pestilentia.
     See Pestilent.]
     1. Specifically, the disease known as the plague; hence, any
        contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent
        and devastating.
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              The pestilence that walketh in darkness. --Ps. xci.
                                                    6.
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     2. Fig.: That which is pestilent, noxious, or pernicious to
        the moral character of great numbers.
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              I'll pour this pestilence into his ear. --Shak.
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     Pestilence weed (Bot.), the butterbur coltsfoot ({Petasites
        vulgaris), so called because formerly considered a remedy
        for the plague. --Dr. Prior.
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