moonseed

noun

moon·​seed ˈmün-ˌsēd How to pronounce moonseed (audio)
: 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 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moonseed was in 1739

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“Moonseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonseed. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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