pokeweed

noun
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

Examples of pokeweed in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pokeweed.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of pokeweed

1751, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pokeweed

Time Traveler for pokeweed

Time Traveler

The first known use of pokeweed was in 1751

See more words from the same year

Statistics for pokeweed

Cite this Entry

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

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pokeweed

pokeweed

noun
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

More from Merriam-Webster on pokeweed

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about pokeweed

Comments on pokeweed

What made you want to look up pokeweed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!