sil·​ver·​sword | \ ˈsil-vər-ˌsȯrd How to pronounce silversword (audio) \

Definition of silversword

: a long-lived composite plant (Argyroxiphium sandwicense) of Maui and Hawaii that has a rosette of lanceolate leaves covered with silvery hairs and that dies after producing a very tall raceme of numerous usually purplish or reddish flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web These silverswords, which can grow taller than the average human, have been rapidly disappearing over the past 30 years. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Biologists think they know why this stunning Hawaiian plant is vanishing," 9 Dec. 2019 The Park Service said people would sometimes stray off paved areas and trample on seedlings and root systems of the Haleakala silversword, a rare, bush-like plant with thick leaves. Washington Post, "Park Service analyzes Maui Haleakala sunrise reservations," 15 June 2017

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Silversword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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