cy·nan·chum | \ sə̇ˈnaŋkəm\
Definition of cynanchum
1 capitalized : a genus of twining vines (family Asclepiadaceae) with opposite hanging leaves, small greenish or purplish flowers, and long smooth pods
2 plural -s : the roots of several vines of the genus Cynanchum formerly used as an emetic
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