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joe-pye weed

[joh-pahy] /ˌdʒoʊˈpaɪ/
noun
1.
Also called purple boneset. a tall composite weed, Eupatorium purpureum, of North America, having clusters of pinkish or purple flowers.
2.
Also called spotted joe-pye weed. a related plant, E. maculatum, having similar flowers and stems that are often spotted with purple.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; origin uncertain
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joe-pye weed

/ˈdʒəʊˈpaɪ/
noun
1.
(US & Canadian) any of several North American plants of the genus Eupatorium, esp E. purpureum, having pale purplish clusters of flower heads lacking rays: family Asteraceae (composites)
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for joe-pye weed
n.

1818, said to be so called from the name of an Indian who used it to cure typhus in New England.

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