dog·​bane ˈdȯg-ˌbān How to pronounce dogbane (audio)
: any of a genus (Apocynum of the family Apocynaceae, the dogbane family) of often poisonous plants chiefly of temperate-zone regions with milky juice and fibrous bark

Examples of dogbane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before European settlers arrived in the Americas, for instance, some Native American nations used stoneseed, dogbane and other herbs to prevent pregnancy, in addition to taking abortifacients (substances that induce abortions). Treva B. Lindsey, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2022 An understory of spreading dogbane, yellow columbine, Richardson’s geranium, curly dock, wild roses and fragrant wild geranium grow profusely in damp slivers of space among roots, boulders and gigantic trees. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 18 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dogbane was in 1854

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“Dogbane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


dog·​bane ˈdȯg-ˌbān How to pronounce dogbane (audio)
: any plant of the genus Apocynum

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