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Related to pokeweed: Phytolacca americana, Poke salad


Any of various tall herbaceous poisonous plants of the genus Phytolacca, especially P. americana of eastern North America, having reddish stems, elongated clusters of small white flowers, and dark purple berries. Also called inkberry, pokeberry, pokeroot.

[poke + weed.]


(ˈpəʊkˌwiːd) ,




(Plants) a tall North American plant, Phytolacca americana, that has small white flowers, juicy purple berries, and a poisonous purple root used medicinally: family Phytolaccaceae. Sometimes shortened to: poke Also called: inkberry
[C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood]



a North American treelike plant, Phytolacca americana, of the pokeweed family, with edible shoots and juicy deep-purple berries in depressed round clusters.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pokeweed - perennial of the genus Phytolaccapokeweed - perennial of the genus Phytolacca  
genus Phytolacca, Phytolacca - type genus of Phytolaccaceae: pokeweed
Phytolacca acinosa, Indian poke - pokeweed of southeastern Asia and China
garget, Phytolacca americana, pigeon berry, poke, scoke - tall coarse perennial American herb having small white flowers followed by blackish-red berries on long drooping racemes; young fleshy stems are edible; berries and root are poisonous
bella sombra, ombu, Phytolacca dioica - fast-growing herbaceous evergreen tree of South America having a broad trunk with high water content and dark green oval leaves
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests


n (US) → Kermesbeere f
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