butterfly weed

noun
|Updated on: 30 Jul 2018

Definition of butterfly weed

: a North American milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) with showy orange flowers borne on erect leafy stems

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circa 1816

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butterfly weed

noun \ -ˌwēd \

medical Definition of butterfly weed

: an orange-flowered milkweed of the genus Asclepias (A. tuberosa) of eastern North America that is a source of asclepias called also pleurisy root

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