joe-pye weed

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\ ˈjō-ˈpī- How to pronounce joe-pye weed (audio) \

Definition of joe-pye weed

: any of several tall North American perennial composite herbs (especially Eupatorium maculatum and E. purpureum) with whorled leaves and corymbose heads of typically purplish tubular flowers

Examples of joe-pye weed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But also hickory, chestnut, elms and birches, and joe-pye weed, aster, marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, snakeweed. Matthew Cicanese And Erika Reiter, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet the Ecologist Who Wants You to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of joe-pye weed

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Joe-pye weed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/joe-pye%20weed. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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