Pokeweed definition

pōkwēd
Any of various tall herbaceous poisonous plants of the genus Phytolacca, especially P. americana of eastern North America, having reddish stems, elongated clusters of small white flowers, and dark purple berries.
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A North American plant (Phytolacca americana) of the pokeweed family, with clusters of purplish-white flowers, reddish-purple berries, and smooth leaves and stems: the roots and berry seeds are poisonous.
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Designating a family (Phytolaccaceae, order Caryophyllales) of dicotyledonous trees, shrubs, and plants.
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A poisonous North American plant, Phytolacca americana, with reddish stems, broad leaves, clusters of white flowers, and dark purple berries.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pokeweed
Plural:
pokeweeds

Origin of pokeweed

  • poke weed

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • poke (“Phytolacca americana") +"Ž weed. The first element, poke, is from Powhatan.

    From Wiktionary