Moonseed meaning

mo͝onsēd
Any of several vines of the closely related genera Cocculus and Menispermum, having small flowers and red or blackish fruit with crescent-shaped seeds.
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Any of a genus (Menispermum) of twining vines of the moonseed family, with small clusters of purple berries and crescent-shaped seeds.
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Designating a family (Menispermaceae, order Ranunculales) of tropical dicotyledonous lianas, shrubs, and trees.
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(botany) A twining plant of the genus Menispermum, eponymous of the Menispermae or moonseed family.

The crescent-shaped (hence their name) moonseeds bear black fruits.

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Origin of moonseed

  • Germanic: moon + seed; parallel to the cognate, yet non-synonymous Dutch maanzaad

    From Wiktionary