pickerelweed

noun
pick·​er·​el·​weed | \ ˈpi-k(ə-)rəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce pickerelweed (audio) \

Definition of pickerelweed

: a shallow-water monocotyledonous perennial plant (Pontederia cordata) chiefly of the eastern U.S. and Canada with large leaves and a spike of purplish-blue flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web The rain darkened the way, which heightened colors, like the lavender of pickerelweed blossoms and brilliant yellow of spatterdock flowers. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva and Rock Springs Run cure stress with gorgeous gators and hypnotic rain," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of pickerelweed

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Pickerelweed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickerelweed. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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