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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So, devil's claw may interact or interfere with your heart medications. Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2023 But several studies assess devil's claw for the following potential uses. Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2023 As for safety, feverfew seems similar to devil's claw. Verywell Health, 21 Feb. 2023 White willow bark is thought to soothe the joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, while devil's claw is used to reduce pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Verywell Health, 14 Feb. 2023 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, 27 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Devil's claw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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