compass plant


Definition of compass plant

: a yellow-flowered composite plant (Silphium laciniatum) that has large pinnatifid leaves in which the leaf edges typically align in a northerly and southerly direction and that occurs especially in prairies and along roadsides of the central U.S.

Examples of compass plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s also wild quinine and compass plant with leaves that align north to south. Susan Degrane,, 13 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of compass plant

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Compass plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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