skunk cabbage

noun

Definition of skunk cabbage

  1. :  either of two North American perennial herbs of the arum family that occur in shaded wet to swampy areas and have a fetid odor suggestive of a skunk:a :  one (Symplocarpus foetidus) of eastern North America that sends up in spring a cowl-shaped brownish-purple spatheb :  one (Lysichiton americanus) chiefly of the Pacific coast region that has a large yellow spathe

Illustration of skunk cabbage

1751

First Known Use of skunk cabbage

1751


SKUNK CABBAGE Defined for English Language Learners

skunk cabbage

noun

Definition of skunk cabbage for English Language Learners

  • : a North American plant that grows in wet, shady areas and that produces a strong odor


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