Cow bane

cowbane

[kou-beyn]
noun
any of several poisonous plants of the parsley family, as Oxypolis rigidior, of swampy areas of North America, or the water hemlock, Cicuta maculata.

Origin:
1770–80; cow1 + bane

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cowbane (ˈkaʊˌbeɪn)
 
n
1.  Also called: water hemlock any of several N temperate poisonous umbelliferous marsh plants of the genus Cicuta, esp C. virosa, having clusters of small white flowers
2.  a similar and related plant, Oxypolis rigidior of the southeastern and central US
3.  any umbelliferous plant reputed to be poisonous to cattle

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