swallowwort

noun

Definition of swallowwort

  1. 1 :  celandine 1

  2. 2 :  any of several plants of the family Asclepiadaceae: such as a :  soma b (1) :  black swallowwort (2) :  white swallowwort c :  butterflyweed

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Origin and Etymology of swallowwort

1swallow + wort; partly translation of Dutch zwaluwenkruid; partly translation of German schwalbenwurtz; from the form of the pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings


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