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Milkweed  n.  (Bot.) Any plant of the genera Asclepias and Acerates, abounding in a milky juice, and having its seed attached to a long silky down; silkweed. The name is also applied to several other plants with a milky juice, as to several kinds of spurge. Its leaves are a favorite food source for the larvae of the monarch butterfly.

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"Milkweed" Quotes from Famous Books

... week's journey in Europe. Our culture of the soil is not so close and thorough, our occupancy not so entire and exclusive. The weeds take up with the farmers' leavings, and find good fare. One may see a large slice taken from a field by elecampane, or by teasle or milkweed; whole acres given up to whiteweed, goldenrod, wild carrots, or the ox-eye daisy; meadows overrun with bear-weed, and sheep pastures nearly ruined by St. John's-wort or the Canada thistle. Our farms are so large and our husbandry so loose that we do not mind these things. By ...
— A Year in the Fields • John Burroughs

... the tasseled milkweed with its bursting silken pods, And the stately, waving branches of the yellow goldenrod; The mullein stalk and asters, with teasels growing dense, God's garden, in the ...
— Byways Around San Francisco Bay • William E. Hutchinson

... the great power of being able clearly to visualize things, of bringing before his mind's eye whatever he had seen, with every distinction of shape and size and color sharply present, and accurately to portray it in the absence of the original. If one should ask him, "What's the shape of the milkweed butterfly's wing, and the color of the spice-bush swallowtail, Peter Champneys? What does the humming-bird's nest look like? What's the color of the rainbow-snake and of the cotton-mouth moccasin? What's the difference between ...
— The Purple Heights • Marie Conway Oemler

Words linked to "Milkweed" :   Asclepias meadii, milkweed family, Asclepias subverticillata, Asclepias verticillata, herbaceous plant, Asclepias speciosa, herb, chiggerflower, poison milkweed, marsh milkweed, whorled milkweed, milk thistle, Indian paintbrush, Asclepias, Asclepias exaltata, orange milkweed, poke milkweed, milkweed butterfly, horsetail milkweed, genus Asclepias, swamp milkweed, tuber root, butterfly weed, Asclepias purpurascens, pleurisy root, chigger flower

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