Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various tall herbaceous poisonous plants of the genus Phytolacca, especially P. americana of eastern North America, having reddish stems, elongated clusters of small white flowers, and dark purple berries.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

  • noun (Bot.) See poke, the plant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun perennial of the genus Phytolacca

Etymologies

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

[poke + weed.]

Examples

  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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