moon·​seed | \ ˈmün-ˌsēd How to pronounce moonseed (audio) \

Definition of moonseed

: a twining plant (Menispermum canadense of the family Menispermaceae, the moonseed family) of eastern North America that has crescent-shaped seeds and black fruits

Examples of moonseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even though many wild grape species ripen at the same time as moonseed, the seeds are very different. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "13 Toxic Wild Plants That Look Like Food," 13 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moonseed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of moonseed

1739, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about moonseed

Time Traveler for moonseed

Time Traveler

The first known use of moonseed was in 1739

See more words from the same year

Statistics for moonseed

Cite this Entry

“Moonseed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on moonseed Encyclopedia article about moonseed

Comments on moonseed

What made you want to look up moonseed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!