cow parsnip


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cow parsnip

n.
A tall perennial North American herb (Heracleum maximum) in the parsley family, having large compound leaves and compound umbels of small whitish flowers.
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cow parsnip

n
(Plants) any tall coarse umbelliferous plant of the genus Heracleum, such as H. sphondylium of Europe and Asia, having thick stems and flattened clusters of white or purple flowers. Also called: hogweed or keck
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cow′ pars`nip


n.
any of several tall, coarse plants of the genus Heracleum, of the parsley family, having large, flat heads of tiny white flowers.
[1540–50]
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Noun1.cow parsnip - tall coarse plant having thick stems and cluster of white to purple flowerscow parsnip - tall coarse plant having thick stems and cluster of white to purple flowers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Heracleum, Heracleum - widely distributed genus of plants with usually thick rootstocks and large umbels of white flowers
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Although Virginia is the only the state so far which has reported a sighting of the plant, wildlife authorities from states like Washington, Minnesota, and Michigan, are also on a lookout for the plant, which can easily be mistaken for harmless plants like Queen Anne's Lace and Cow Parsnip.
Four kinds of wild greens are put in the dish such as aster, groundsel, Cirsium setidens and cow parsnip along with nutritious rice and shiitake mushrooms.
All I could hear was the buzz of a thousand bees as I parted my way through a deep thicket of Heracleum lanatum, a tall, broad-leaved member of the parsley family commonly known as "cow parsnip." The big, umbrella-like white flower clusters seem to attract every insect imaginable.