poke·​weed | \ ˈpōk-ˌwēd How to pronounce pokeweed (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web And his recipes are all intriguing – biscuits and tea cakes to feasts showcasing pigs feet, cracklins, and pokeweed. 9. Monitor Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "10 best books of April: the Monitor's picks," 9 Apr. 2018 Songs have been written extolling pokeweed’s virtues. Dave Taft, New York Times, "The Vegetarian’s Puffer Fish," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pokeweed

1751, in the meaning defined above

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“Pokeweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pokeweed. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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poke·​weed | \ ˈpō-ˌkwēd How to pronounce pokeweed (audio) \

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 from which is obtained a mitogen that has been used to stimulate lymphocyte proliferation

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