Heracleum

noun
Her·​a·​cle·​um | \ ˌherəˈklēəm \

Definition of Heracleum

: a widely distributed genus of plants (family Umbelliferae) having wing-margined fruit and large umbels of white flowers — see cow parsnip

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History and Etymology for Heracleum

New Latin, irregular from Greek hērakleia, a plant, from Hēraklēs Hercules

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“Heracleum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Heracleum. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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