black swallow-wort

black swallowwort

See under swallowwort ( def 2 ). Unabridged


[swol-oh-wurt, -wawrt]
celandine ( def 1 ).
any of several plants of the milkweed family, especially a climbing vine, Cynanchum nigrum (black swallowwort) native to Europe, having small, brownish flowers.

1540–50; swallow2 + wort2 Unabridged
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swallowwort (ˈswɒləʊˌwɜːt)
1.  any of several Eurasian vines of the genus Cynanchum, esp C. nigrum, having small brownish-purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae
2.  a related European herbaceous plant, Vincetoxicum officinale (or Cynanchum vincetoxicum), having an emetic root
3.  another name for greater celandine
[C16: so called because the shape of its pod is reminiscent of a flying swallow]

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