pokeweed

noun poke·weed \ ˈpōk-ˌwēd \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

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

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1751

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pokeweed

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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