milk·​weed | \ ˈmilk-ˌwēd How to pronounce milkweed (audio) \

Definition of milkweed

: any of various plants that secrete latex especially : any of a genus (Asclepias of the family Asclepiadaceae, the milkweed family) of erect chiefly perennial herbs with milky juice and umbellate flowers

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Iowa Newton: Biofuel plants in the state are adding milkweed and other native plants to their properties so monarch butterflies can fuel up during the annual migration. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 When rainy season arrives, many grasslands become coated with wildflowers such as yarrow, hyssop, and milkweed. Christina Nunez, National Geographic, "Grasslands, explained," 22 June 2019 Unfortunately, milkweed is a little more complicated to grow from seed. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Some plants hard to find this spring," 13 June 2019 The researchers focused on the plants monarch caterpillars exclusively eat: milkweeds. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "They're beautiful — and in danger. Now, a huge effort focuses on saving monarch butterflies," 13 July 2018 Monarchs rely on one group of plants on which to lay their eggs: the milkweeds. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "8 Weeds You Should Actually Let Grow In Your Yard," 28 July 2016 The Canadian Coast Guard tried milkweed garb and liked it. Calvin Woodward, Fox News, "A makeover for milkweed, for the sake of butterflies," 31 July 2018 Anything in the Asclepias genus will feed the monarch’s caterpillars, which badly need the food in the large, milkweed-depauperate migration states of the Midwest. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "15 Native Wildflowers Every Gardener Should Plant," 5 May 2017 The garden of milkweed, coneflowers and other wildflowers has to be weeded and watered. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Frustrated environmental-committee members resign. Now Hales Corners fruit and nut orchard is at risk," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of milkweed

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of milkweed

: a type of North American plant that has white juice


milk·​weed | \ ˈmilk-ˌwēd How to pronounce milkweed (audio) \

Kids Definition of milkweed

: a plant with milky juice and clusters of flowers


milk·​weed | \ ˈmilk-ˌwēd How to pronounce milkweed (audio) \

Medical Definition of milkweed

: any of various plants that secrete latex especially : any plant of the genus Asclepias (family Asclepiadaceae, the milkweed family) including several whose dried roots were formerly used medicinally

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