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1. See celandine.
2. Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum having clusters of small white or brownish-purple flowers and slender dehiscent pods.
[From the association of the plant by ancient writers with the return of the swallows in spring ; see celandine. Sense 2, from the forked shape of their pods after dehiscence, resembling a swallow's tail .]
1. (Plants) any of several Eurasian vines of the genus Cynanchum, esp C. nigrum, having small brownish-purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae
2. (Plants) a related European herbaceous plant, Vincetoxicum officinale (or Cynanchum vincetoxicum), having an emetic root
3. (Plants) another name for greater celandine
[C16: so called because the shape of its pod is reminiscent of a flying swallow]
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|Noun||1.||swallowwort - tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics|
|2.||swallowwort - perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers|
poppy - annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers