pokeweed

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

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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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1751, in the meaning defined above

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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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