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asclepias

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noun as·cle·pi·as \ ə-ˈsklē-pē-əs, a- \

medical Definition of asclepias

1 capitalized :a genus (family Asclepiadaceae) of perennial herbs found chiefly in North America with flowers having a corona of five concave hoods each of which bears a slender horn — see butterfly weed, milkweed
2 :any plant of the genus Asclepias
3 :the dried root of the butterfly weed formerly used as a diaphoretic and expectorant called also pleurisy root

Biographical Note for asclepias

  • Aesculapius — see staff of aesculapius

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