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1. An extinct North African plant, often classified in the genus Ferula, that produced a resin that was a popular seasoning in ancient Greece and Rome. It became extinct in antiquity, probably from overharvesting and overgrazing.
2. A plant of the genus Silphium, such as the compass plant.
[Latin, from Greek silphion, perhaps of North African origin.]
(Plants) an American flowering wild plant of the family Asteraceae
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|Noun||1.||Silphium - tall North American perennial herbs|
asterid dicot genus - genus of more or less advanced dicotyledonous herbs and some trees and shrubs
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia