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silk·weed

 (sĭlk′wēd′)
n.
A milkweed.

silkweed

(ˈsɪlkˌwiːd)
n
(Plants) another name for milkweed1
[C19: so called because the pods contain a silklike down]

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.silkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tuftssilkweed - 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
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