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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A large genus of North American herbs, natural order Asclepiadaceœ, popularly known as milkweed or silkweed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties.
  • noun (Zoöl.) a large, handsome, red and black butterfly (Danais Archippus), found in both hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias.

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

  • noun genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed

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