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Definition of POKEWEED
: a coarse American perennial herb (Phytolacca americana of the family Phytolaccaceae, the pokeweed family) with racemose white flowers, dark purple juicy berries, a poisonous root, and young shoots sometimes used as potherbs
: a coarse American perennial herb (Phytolacca americana of the family Phytolaccaceae, the pokeweed family) which has stalks of white flowers, dark purple juicy berries, and a poisonous root and from which is obtained a mitogen that has been used to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation
Strong-smelling shrublike plant (Phytolacca americana) with a poisonous root resembling the shape of horseradish, native to wet or sandy areas of eastern North America. It has white flowers, reddish black berries, and dark green leaves that often are red-veined or borne on red leafstalks. The berries contain a red dye used to colour wine, candies, cloth, and paper. Like the roots, the red or purplish mature stalks are poisonous. Very young green shoots (up to about 6 in. [15 cm]), however, are edible.