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skunk cabbage

noun

Simple Definition of skunk cabbage

  • : a North American plant that grows in wet, shady areas and that produces a strong odor

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of skunk cabbage

  1. :  either of two North American perennial herbs of the arum family that occur in shaded wet to swampy areas and have a fetid odor suggestive of a skunk:a :  one (Symplocarpus foetidus) of eastern North America that sends up in spring a cowl-shaped brownish-purple spatheb :  one (Lysichiton americanus) chiefly of the Pacific coast region that has a large yellow spathe

Illustration of skunk cabbage

1751

First Known Use of skunk cabbage

1751


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