capitalized : a genus of twining vines (family Asclepiadaceae) with opposite hanging leaves, small greenish or purplish flowers, and long smooth pods
plural -s : the roots of several vines of the genus Cynanchum formerly used as an emetic

Word History


New Latin, from Greek kynanchon dogbane (Marsdenia erecta), from kyn- cyn- + -anchon (from anchein to choke)

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“Cynanchum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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