from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ill-smelling, eastern North American swamp plant (Symplocarpus foetidus) having minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purplish spathe.
- n. A western North American plant (Lysichitum americanum) having a bright yellow spathe with an inflated upper part.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Symplocarpus foetidus, a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of eastern North America.
- n. Lysichiton americanus, a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of western North America.
- n. Lysichiton camtschatcense, a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of eastern Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an American aroid herb (Symplocarpus fœtidus) having a reddish hornlike spathe in earliest spring, followed by a cluster of large cabbagelike leaves. It exhales a disagreeable odor. Also called swamp cabbage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See cabbage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. deciduous perennial low-growing fetid swamp plant of eastern North America having minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple cowl-shaped spathe
- n. clump-forming deciduous perennial swamp plant of western North America similar to Symplocarpus foetidus but having a yellow spathe
skunk + cabbage, from the strong odor produced when the leaves are broken or torn (Wiktionary)