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milk·weed

 (mĭlk′wēd′)
n.
Any of various plants of the genus Asclepias, having milky juice, usually opposite leaves, variously colored flowers grouped in umbels, and pods that split open to release seeds with downy tufts.

milkweed

(ˈmɪlkˌwiːd)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: silkweed any plant of the mostly North American genus Asclepias, having milky sap and pointed pods that split open to release tufted seeds: family Asclepiadaceae. See also asclepias
2. (Plants) any of various other plants having milky sap
3. (Plants) orange milkweed another name for butterfly weed
4. (Animals) another name for monarch3

milk•weed

(ˈmɪlkˌwid)

n.
1. any of several plants of the genus Asclepias, characterized by a milky juice, clusters of white-to-purple flowers, and pods filled with silky tufted seeds.
2. any of various other plants having a milky juice, as certain spurges.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.milkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tuftsmilkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Asclepias, genus Asclepias - genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed
Asclepias albicans, white milkweed - tall herb with leafless white waxy stems and whitish starlike flowers; southwestern United States
Asclepias curassavica, blood flower, swallowwort - tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics
Asclepias exaltata, poke milkweed - milkweed of the eastern United States with leaves resembling those of pokeweed
Asclepias incarnata, swamp milkweed - densely branching perennial of the eastern United States with white to crimson or purple flowers
Asclepia meadii, Asclepias meadii, Mead's milkweed - milkweed of central North America; a threatened species
Asclepias purpurascens, purple silkweed - perennial of eastern North America having pink-purple flowers
Asclepias speciosa, showy milkweed - milkweed of southern North America having large starry purple and pink flowers
Asclepias subverticillata, horsetail milkweed, poison milkweed - milkweed of southwestern United States and Mexico; poisonous to livestock
Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly weed, chigger flower, chiggerflower, Indian paintbrush, orange milkweed, pleurisy root, tuber root - erect perennial of eastern and southern United States having showy orange flowers
Asclepias verticillata, whorled milkweed - milkweed of the eastern United States with narrow leaves in whorls and greenish-white flowers
2.milkweed - annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower headsmilkweed - annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower heads
milk thistle, sow thistle - any of several Old World coarse prickly-leaved shrubs and subshrubs having milky juice and yellow flowers; widely naturalized; often noxious weeds in cultivated soil
Translations

milkweed

[ˈmɪlkwiːd] Nalgodoncillo m
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Across the wire fence, in the long grass, I saw a clump of flaming orange-coloured milkweed, rare in that part of the state.
On a silvery mushroom was spread the breakfast; little cakes of flower-dust lay on a broad green leaf, beside a crimson strawberry, which, with sugar from the violet, and cream from the yellow milkweed, made a fairy meal, and their drink was the dew from the flowers' bright leaves.
Huckleberry, Milkweed, and Dandelion were attacked with the whooping cough, but bore it bravely, and kept out of doors whenever the sun shone.
I wish there were any likelihood of my soon seeing Primrose, Periwinkle, Dandelion, Sweet Fern, Clover Plantain, Huckleberry, Milkweed, Cowslip, Buttercup, Blue Eye, and Squash Blossom again.
As I was paddling along the north shore one very calm October afternoon, for such days especially they settle on to the lakes, like the milkweed down, having looked in vain over the pond for a loon, suddenly one, sailing out from the shore toward the middle a few rods in front of me, set up his wild laugh and betrayed himself.
The research initiative, which started at the BASF Research Farm in Holly Springs, North Carolina works to help farmers and other land owners increase biodiversity and develop best practices for establishing and maintaining milkweed plants in non-cropland areas.
A milkweed patch has also been established at the base of the waste industrial material on the periphery of the company's Copper Cliff smelter complex in an effort to attract and boost the declining monarch butterfly population.
Milkweed portrays the Holocaust in a whole new way.
Environmentalists seeking protection for monarchs under the Endangered Species Act said restoring milkweed habitat would help other pollinating insects, too, such as honeybees, whose numbers of managed colonies have dropped by more than 4 million beehives since 1947.
The decline of butterfly populations is attributed to the loss of milkweed habitat in the US and Canada, illegal logging in Michoacan and Mexico state, and climate change.
The monarch butterflies are supposedly heavily dependant on a particular kind of plant, namely the milkweed plant, for their reproduction process.
Finally, Tillman and her colleagues placed potted milkweed plants about 4 feet from each other along the edges of cotton fields in peanut/cotton production areas and sampled the cotton for levels of stink bugs and T.