from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A milkweed.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A common name for the Confervaceæ, or fresh-water algæ that consist of long, soft filaments resembling silk. See
- noun Same as
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- noun (Bot.) Any plant of the genera Asclepias and Acerates whose seed vessels contain a long, silky down; milkweed.
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- noun botany Any plant of the genera Asclepias and Acerates whose seed vessels contain a long, silky down;
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- noun any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
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Walking in the lane, we came upon a large mixed flock, feeding on the thistles and silkweed of an adjoining field which is overrun with these weeds.
Rural Hours 1887
The wild cucumber, a very troublesome plant, the great white convolvulus, the dodder, the field sorrel, the pokeweed, the silkweed, with one or two plantains and thistles, of the rarer kinds, are among the most important of those whose origin is clearly settled as belonging to this continent.
Rural Hours 1887
Yet evidently it is not the perfume of any flower that attracts the bees; they pay no attention to the sweet-scented lilac, or to heliotrope, but work upon sumach, silkweed, and the hateful snapdragon.
Birds and Bees, Sharp Eyes and Other Papers John Burroughs 1879
Their lines were made of the tough, fibrous, silken bark of the variety of milkweed or silkweed, already mentioned.
The patient should also drink freely of a strong tea of liverwort, and use bitters composed of one-third silkweed root and two-thirds butterfly root.
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory. Richard Foreman 1849