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pokeweed

[pohk-weed] /ˈpoʊkˌwid/
noun
1.
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, -roo t] /ˈpoʊkˌrut, -ˌrʊt/ (Show IPA),
scoke, garget.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55, Americanism; poke4 + weed1
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pokeweed

/ˈpəʊkˌwiːd/
noun
1.
a tall North American plant, Phytolacca americana, that has small white flowers, juicy purple berries, and a poisonous purple root used medicinally: family Phytolaccaceae Sometimes shortened to poke Also called inkberry
Word Origin
C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood
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