pokeweed

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noun poke·weed \ ˈpōk-ˌwēd \

Definition of pokeweed

:a poisonous American perennial herb (Phytolacca americana of the family Phytolaccaceae, the pokeweed family) with racemose white flowers, dark purple juicy berries, and young shoots sometimes used as potherbs

First Known Use of pokeweed

1751


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pokeweed

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noun poke·weed \ ˈpō-ˌkwēd \

medical Definition of pokeweed

:a poisonous American perennial herb (Phytolacca americana of the family Phytolaccaceae, the pokeweed family) that has stalks of white flowers, dark purple juicy berries, and a root and from which is obtained a mitogen that has been used to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation

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