devil's claw

noun

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

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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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1876, in the meaning defined above

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