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mayapple

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noun may·ap·ple \ˈmā-ˌa-pəl\

Definition of mayapple

  1. :  a North American herb (Podophyllum peltatum) of the barberry family with a poisonous rootstock, one or two large-lobed peltate leaves, and a single large white flower followed by a yellow egg-shaped edible fruit; also :  its fruit



Origin and Etymology of mayapple

May


First Known Use: circa 1733


Medical Dictionary

mayapple

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noun , often capitalized may·ap·ple \ˈmā-ˌap-əl\

Medical Definition of mayapple

  1. 1:  a North American herb of the genus Podophyllum (P. peltatum) having a poisonous rootstock and rootlets that are a source of the drug podophyllum

  2. 2:  the yellow egg-shaped edible but often tasteless fruit of the mayapple




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