pick·​er·​el·​weed ˈpi-k(ə-)rəl-ˌwēd How to pronounce pickerelweed (audio)
: 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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Examples of pickerelweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her latest obsession is the pickerelweed, a tall, salt-tolerant edible plant with broad green leaves and lavender flowers that is found throughout the city’s waterways. Diana Budds, Curbed, 17 Oct. 2022 Part of the plan involves reintroducing native plant species that are more appropriate to the site than Phragmites: narrowleaf cattail, pickerelweed, black willow, blue iris, buttonbush and alder. Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2021 Reaching 3 feet tall, pickerelweed grows happily — even rambunctiously — in containers or water gardens, so consider trying that. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, 1 Oct. 2020 The rain darkened the way, which heightened colors, like the lavender of pickerelweed blossoms and brilliant yellow of spatterdock flowers. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, 1 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pickerelweed was in 1785

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“Pickerelweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickerelweed. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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pick·​er·​el·​weed -ˌwēd How to pronounce pickerelweed (audio)
: a plant mostly of the eastern U.S. and Canada that grows in shallow water and has large arrow-shaped leaves and blue flowers

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