from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several perennial herbs of the genus Actaea, native to northern temperate regions, having terminal clusters of red, white, or blackish berries.
- n. The poisonous berry of a plant of this genus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flowering plant of the genus Actaea.
- n. The poisonous berry of one of these plants.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus (Actæa) of plants, of the order Ranunculaceæ, native in the north temperate zone. The red or white berries are poisonous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of plants of the genus Actæa: so called because of their nauseous poisonous berries. Also called herb-christopher. See Actæa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a poisonous berry of a plant of the genus Actaea
- n. a plant of the genus Actaea having acrid poisonous berries
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Up close they were head-high in a riot of color: red paintbrush, lavender fleabane, hot-pink fireweed, white cow parsnip, lacy green false hellebore, the flashy red of chokecherries, white pearls of baneberry, rich purple huckleberries, fierce yellows of butterweed and arnica.
He called her attention to and brought her samples of ginger leaves, Indian hemp, queen-of-the-meadow, cone-flower, burdock, baneberry, and Indian turnip, as he harvested them in turn.
On the wooded slopes there are the white fruits of the baneberry on its quaintly-shaped red stalks, the pretty fruit clusters of the moonseed and the smilax.
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There is baneberry, whose very name sufficiently describes its dangerous nature.
Here she got the white-clustering baneberry, and little nodding buff cucumber root.
At Harms Woods we could see elm-leaved goldenrod and blue-stemmed goldenrod growing with blue cohosh, white baneberry, and Short's aster.
Red baneberry, Actaea rubra, produces beautiful red berries that can cause cardiac arrest, with only two or three berries proving fatal if ingested, he said.
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