devil's claw

noun
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of devil's claw

: any of several herbs (genus Proboscidea synonym Martynia of the family Martyniaceae) of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico that have edible pods yielding a black sewing material used in basket making

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1876

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