American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Apocynum, having milky juice and bell-shaped white or pink flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See dog's-bane.
- n. botany Any species of genus Apocynum, eponymous of the dogbane family Apocynaceae
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A small genus of perennial herbaceous plants, with poisonous milky juice, bearing slender pods pods in pairs.
- n. any of several poisonous perennial plants of the genus Apocynum having acrid milky juice and bell-shaped white or pink flowers and a very bitter root
“An even stronger rope can be fashioned from a dried plant called dogbane, once the stick-like stalks have been crushed and the flaky covering removed.”
“The dogbane, which is perfectly adapted to the butterfly, and dependent upon it for help in producing fertile seed, ruthlessly destroys all poachers that are not big or strong enough to jerk away from its vise-like grasp.”
“Others, such as dogbane, black currant and large sage, continue to experience smaller yields each year.”
“When Jan pulls out an entire roll of dogbane cord he made himself, the class "oohs" its approval.”
“She plucked a spray of the spreading dogbane, but only that she might descant upon it to Sylvia; it was a crime, Mrs. Bassett said, to gather wild flowers, which were never the same when transplanted to the house.”
“Ahead of me the even green broke suddenly over a shoal of sand into tall, tufted grasses, into rose, mallow, and stunted persimmon bushes, foaming, on nearer view, with spreading dogbane blossoms.”
“As I hurried across I noted with great satisfaction that the pink-white blossoms of the spreading dogbane were covered with mosquito carcasses.”
“Allied to the milkweed is another plant, the dogbane (_Apocynum_), which has a similar trick of entrapping its insect friends.”
“Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane), Kineo, Bradford.”
“February pessimism, Tuesday went take dogbane sedative Burmannia,”
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