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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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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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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