from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various North American plants in the composite family that exude resinous secretions, especially those of the genus Silphium, such as the compass plant.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Any plant of the genus Silphium; especially, S. laciniatum. See
compass-plant, 1, and prairie burdock (under burdock).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The compass plant. See under
- noun A name given in California to various composite plants which secrete resins or have a resinous smell.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The compass plant.
- noun US, California Any of various
composite plantswhich secrete resinsor have a resinous smell.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun North American perennial having a resinous odor and yellow flowers
- noun any of various western American plants of the genus Grindelia having resinous leaves and stems formerly used medicinally; often poisonous to livestock
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Plants characteristic of the prairie area include big bluestem, Indian grass, whorled rosinweed, butterfly-weed, ladies'-tresses and bush clover.
Abundant wildflowers include prairie dock, whorled rosinweed and spiked blazing-star.