may·​ap·​ple | \ ˈmā-ˌa-pəl How to pronounce mayapple (audio) \

Definition of mayapple

: a North American herb (Podophyllum peltatum) of the barberry family with a poisonous rootstock, one or two large-lobed peltate leaves, and a single large white flower followed by a yellow egg-shaped edible fruit also : its fruit

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Recent Examples on the Web Norway maple is an invasive plant that has escaped from cultivation to displace sugar maple and shade to death spring wildflowers such as Dutchman’s breeches, dog-tooth violet and mayapple. Washington Post, "Some maples (sugar) are more desirable than others (Norway)," 8 Oct. 2019 The native mayapple is a familiar woodland sight, but Avent sells a number of Asian varieties that, unlike the indigenous species, don’t slink away in the heat of summer. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 Or try native woodland wildflowers such as perennial lobelia, mayapple, columbine, thalictrum, amsonia, blood root, Solomon seal, and phlox. Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 The forest floor was dotted with native plants including mayapples, wood violets and jack-in-the-pulpits. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Fulfillment on Gobbler's Ridge comes from more than just harvesting turkeys," 12 May 2018 Those who plant native gardens eagerly watch as mayapples and trilliums emerge from the ground. Jill Sell,, "Late summer and fall blooming plants add beauty to any yard," 13 Aug. 2017

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1731, in the meaning defined above

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“Mayapple.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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noun, often capitalized
may·​ap·​ple | \ ˈmā-ˌap-ᵊl How to pronounce mayapple (audio) \

Medical Definition of mayapple

1 : a North American herb of the genus Podophyllum (P. peltatum) having a poisonous rootstock and rootlets that are a source of the drug podophyllum
2 : the yellow egg-shaped edible but often tasteless fruit of the mayapple

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