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
Recent Examples of milkweed from the Web
This includes classics like quaking aspen, yarrow, big sagebrush, columbine and milkweed.
The orange and black bugs were likely swamp milkweed beetles.
In the summertime, the park is a fantastic location to observe milkweed butterflies.
Acorn production booms in savannas, and milkweeds, which attract butterflies, thrive there, scientists said.
The milkweed survived Portland’s worst winter in a century.
Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on the perennial, and their numbers have been in steep decline for 20 years as milkweed has vanished from the sides of roads, rivers and gardens.
Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) is a stately plant with subtle mauve flower clusters.
The school also conducted outreach activities and distributed butterfly-favorite milkweed plants to its neighboring La Mesa community.
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First Known Use of milkweed
MILKWEED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of milkweed for English Language Learners
: a type of North American plant that has white juice
MILKWEED Defined for Kids
Definition of milkweed for Students
: a plant with milky juice and clusters of flowers
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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