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Milkweed   /mˈɪlkwˌid/   Listen
Milkweed

noun
1.
Any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts.  Synonym: silkweed.
2.
Annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower heads.  Synonym: Sonchus oleraceus.



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"Milkweed" Quotes from Famous Books



... rather an unnatural appendage? It was soon decided. From the number of bees carrying it, I was satisfied that if it was the product of any flower, it belonged to a species somewhat abundant. I set about a close examination of all such as were then in bloom. I found the flowers of the Silkweed, (or Milkweed, as some call it,) sometimes holding a dead bee by the foot, secured by this appendage. Both sepals and petals of this flower are re-curved, that is, turned backward towards the stem, forming five ...
— Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained • M. Quinby

... hot July sun had beaten down upon the upland meadows and the pine woods of the lower New Jersey hills. So, when the dew began to fall, there arose from them a heady brew, distilled from blossoming milkweed and fruiting wild raspberry canes and mountain laurel and ...
— O Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1919 • Various



Words linked to "Milkweed" :   milkweed family, chigger flower, Asclepias albicans, Asclepias meadii, Asclepia meadii, genus Asclepias, Sonchus oleraceus, chiggerflower, sow thistle, swallowwort, herbaceous plant, Asclepias incarnata, Asclepias subverticillata, Asclepias tuberosa, pleurisy root, Indian paintbrush, Asclepias speciosa, Asclepias, milk thistle, Asclepias curassavica, herb, blood flower, purple silkweed, tuber root, Asclepias exaltata, Asclepias verticillata, Asclepias purpurascens, butterfly weed



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