Swallowwort meaning

swŏl'ō-wûrt', -wôrt'
Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum having clusters of small white or brownish-purple flowers and slender dehiscent pods.
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Any of several plants of the milkweed family, as black swallowwort (Cynanchum nigrum), a twining European vine with purplish-brown flowers, now wild in the E U.S.
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Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum.
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A tetterwort, Chelidonium majus or Sanguinaria canadensis.
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Any of various plants of the genus Asclepias.
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The plant Euphorbia maculata.
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Origin of swallowwort

  • From the association of the plant by ancient writers with the return of the swallows in spring celandine Sense 2, from the forked shape of their pods after dehiscence, resembling a swallow's tail
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Wiktionary