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cow parsnip

any of several tall, coarse plants of the genus Heracleum, of the parsley family, as H. sphondylium or H. lanatum, having large, flat clusters of white flowers.
Origin of cow parsnip
1540-50 Unabridged
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  • The stem of cow parsnip lacks purple mottling and its surface is downy or fuzzy.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants in late summer to limit exposure to overhanging cow parsnip.
  • The elk have also had a severe negative impact on other foods bears prefer such as cow parsnip and other species.
British Dictionary definitions for cow parsnip

cow parsnip

any tall coarse umbelliferous plant of the genus Heracleum, such as H. sphondylium of Europe and Asia, having thick stems and flattened clusters of white or purple flowers Also called hogweed, keck
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