milkweed

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noun milk·weed \ ˈmilk-ˌwēd \

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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First Known Use of milkweed

circa 1592


MILKWEED Defined for English Language Learners

milkweed

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Definition of milkweed for English Language Learners

  • : a type of North American plant that has white juice


MILKWEED Defined for Kids

milkweed

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noun milk·weed \ ˈmilk-ˌwēd \

Definition of milkweed for Students

:a plant with milky juice and clusters of flowers

Medical Dictionary

milkweed

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noun milk·weed \ ˈmilk-ˌwēd \

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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