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cow parsnip

noun
1.
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
1540-1550
1540-50
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  • You made up your mind he was a lily of the valley and it was no good his being a cow-parsnip.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • You made up your mind he was a lily of the valley, and it was no good his being a cow-parsnip.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • It feeds, in the autumn, on flowers and seeds of angelica and cow-parsnip, but the former is its chief food.

British Dictionary definitions for cow-parsnip

cow parsnip

noun
1.
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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