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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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This short, handy rifle is perfect for packing in the pokeweed, pucker-bush or primeval forest while pursuing things with teeth and/or claws, such as pigs and bears, with the versatility for longer shots.
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Also evaluated were several common weeds: creeping indigo, Indigofera spicata (Fabaceae); livid amaranth, Amaranthus blitum (Amaranthaceae); pokeweed, Phytolacca americana (Phytolaccaceae); American sicklepod, Senna obtusifolia (Fabaceae);wild poinsettia, Poinsettia heterophylla (Euphorbiaceae); white clover, Trifolium repens (Fabaceae); Old World diamond flower, Hedyotis corymbosa (Rubiaceae); Brazilian pusley, Richardia brasiliensis (Rubiaceae); and common ragweed, Ambrosia artemisiifolia (Asteraceae).
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