poke-weed

pokeweed

[pohk-weed]
noun
a tall herb, Phytolacca americana, of North America, having juicy purple berries and a purple root used in medicine, and young edible shoots resembling asparagus.
Also called pokeroot [pohk-root, -root] , scoke, garget.


Origin:
1745–55, Americanism; poke4 + weed1

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pokeweed, pokeberry or pokeroot (ˈpəʊkˌwiːd)
 
n
Sometimes shortened to: poke, Also called: inkberry a tall North American plant, Phytolacca americana, that has small white flowers, juicy purple berries, and a poisonous purple root used medicinally: family Phytolaccaceae
 
[C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood]
 
pokeberry, pokeberry or pokeroot
 
n
 
[C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood]
 
pokeroot, pokeberry or pokeroot
 
n
 
[C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood]

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