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milkweed

[milk-weed] /ˈmɪlkˌwid/
noun
1.
any of several plants that secrete a milky juice or latex, especially those of the genus Asclepias, as A. syriaca.
Compare milkweed family.
2.
any of various other plants having a milky juice, as certain spurges.
Origin of milkweed
1590-1600
1590-1600; milk + weed1
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milkweed

/ˈmɪlkˌwiːd/
noun
1.
Also called silkweed. any plant of the mostly North American genus Asclepias, having milky sap and pointed pods that split open to release tufted seeds: family Asclepiadaceae See also asclepias
2.
any of various other plants having milky sap
3.
orange milkweed, another name for butterfly weed
4.
another name for monarch (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for milkweed
n.

1590s, from milk (n.) + weed (n.); used in reference to various plants whose juice resembles milk.

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