swallowwort

noun

Definition of swallowwort

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

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History and Etymology for swallowwort

swallow entry 1 + 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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“Swallowwort.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swallowwort. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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