Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tall North American plant (Phytolacca americana) having small white flowers, blackish-red berries clustered on long drooping racemes, and a poisonous root. Also called pokeberry, pokeroot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A poisonous North American plant, Phytolacca americana, with reddish stems, broad leaves, clusters of white flowers, and dark purple berries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See poke, the plant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Phytolacca, especially P. decandra of eastern North America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. perennial of the genus Phytolacca

Etymologies

poke4 + weed1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • So name your poison: fugu, ackee, pokeweed, casu marzu, Amanita mushrooms, naga jolokia, or Los Angeles danger dogs.

    Boing Boing

  • Young pokeweed leaves can be boiled three times to reduce the toxin, discarding the water after each boiling.

    Page 2

  • For many decades, poke salad has been a staple of southern U.S. cuisine, despite campaigns by doctors who believed pokeweed remained toxic even after being boiled.

    Page 2

  • At River Farm, the initial attempt at converting a turfed field into a wildflower meadow ended with the mass appearance of pokeweed, a thuggish plant that quickly overtook and smothered the wildflowers.

    Growers harness flames to prepare meadows for wildflowers

  • They eat breakfast parked out front of an Amoco, a slanted shack held upright by gray paint and chicken wire and pokeweed.

    Bonnie Parker Visits Her Final Getaway

  • Until the mid-20th century, greens such as wild onions, pokeweed and sorrel were eaten in many parts of the U.S.

    It's Salad Days for Weeds

  • I ducked under branches and flung myself into a patch of pokeweed, gasping and cursing incoherently.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Huge drops splattered on the leaves of pokeweed and burdock, and the firs and pines let go their long-held breath in a fragrant sigh.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Their father was home, and they ran away into the woods, where they lived like gods on pokeweed salad, wild raspberries, and tender fiddleheads.

    The Killing Hour

  • I plucked a tender stalk of pokeweed from the bowl and nibbled it myself, enjoying the sharp taste.

    Drums of Autumn

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