[dawg-beyn, dog-]
any of several plants of the genus Apocynum, especially A. androsaemifolium, yielding an acrid milky juice and having an intensely bitter root.

1590–1600; dog + bane Unabridged
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dogbane (ˈdɒɡˌbeɪn)
any of several North American apocynaceous plants of the genus Apocynum, esp A. androsaemifolium, having bell-shaped white or pink flowers: thought to be poisonous to dogs

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