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silkweed

[silk-weed] /ˈsɪlkˌwid/
noun
1.
any milkweed, the pods of which contain a silky down.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism; silk + weed1
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silkweed

/ˈsɪlkˌwiːd/
noun
1.
another name for milkweed (sense 1)
Word Origin
C19: so called because the pods contain a silklike down
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