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

Illustration of devil's claw

Illustration of devil's claw
  • 1 flower and leaf
  • 2 dried seedpod

Examples of devil's claw in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of devil's claw was in 1876

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“Devil's claw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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