compass plant

noun

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.

First Known Use of compass plant

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Compass plant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compass%20plant. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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