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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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