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[loh-koh-weed] /ˈloʊ koʊˌwid/
any of various leguminous plants of the genera Astragalus and Oxytropis, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, causing locoism in sheep, horses, etc.
Origin of locoweed
1875-80, Americanism; loco + weed1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for locoweed
  • Animals are allowed to graze in heavy stands of plants that are highly poisonous, such as locoweed or larkspur.
  • The comparative pathology of locoweed poisoning in livestock, wildlife and rodents.
  • Native legumes such as purple prairie clover, locoweed, and prairie turnip are abundant in the nitrogen-poor loess soils.
British Dictionary definitions for locoweed


any of several perennial leguminous plants of the genera Oxytropis and Astragalus of W North America that cause loco disease in horses, cattle, and sheep
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