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[moon-seed] /ˈmunˌsid/
any climbing plant of the genus Menispermum, having greenish-white flowers and crescent-shaped seeds.
Origin of moonseed
1730-40; moon + seed Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stamen of moonseed, with anther cut across; this 4-celled, or rather 4-locellate.

  • When she finished she picked up a trailing vine of moonseed.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • Fig. 231, staminate, and 232, pistillate flower of moonseed.

  • She learned the uses and prices of the plant, and also made drawings of cohosh, moonseed and bloodroot.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
  • You see it on cultivated plums, grapes, and apples, but never in any such perfection as on moonseed and black haws in the woods.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for moonseed


any menispermaceous climbing plant of the genus Menispermum and related genera, having red or black fruits with crescent-shaped or ring-shaped seeds
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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