dog·​bane | \ ˈdȯg-ˌbān How to pronounce dogbane (audio) \

Definition of dogbane

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This Flagstaff mountain hike surrounds you with summer wildflowers," 18 July 2019

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Dogbane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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dog·​bane | \ ˈdȯg-ˌbān How to pronounce dogbane (audio) \

Medical Definition of dogbane

: any plant of the genus Apocynum

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