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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tall, coarse composite plant, Silphium laciniatum, common upon the western prairies of North America.
  • n. The Lactuca scariola, a European species of lettuce, similarly characterized.
  • n. In California, Wyethia angustifolia and other species, coarse composites with sunflower-like heads, whose large erect leaves are said to stand with their edges north and south.
  • n. The prairie bird's-foot trefoil, Lotus Americanus, of the western United States, the numerous distichous branches of which are polarized on the stem after the manner of the leaves of other compass-plants.

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