devil's claw


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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devil's claw: 1 flower and leaf, 2 dried seed pod

Examples of devil's claw in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My first encounter with devil's claw (Proboscidea louisianica) was with the late Jim Story, a retired Navy vet who lived and gardened in Pendleton, Indi. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Wild and crazy annuals for the summer garden," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of devil's claw

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Devil's claw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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