skunk cabbage

a low, fetid, broad-leaved North American plant, Symplocarpus foetidus, of the arum family, having a brownish-purple and green mottled spathe surrounding a stout spadix, growing in moist ground.
a related plant, Lysichiton americanum, of western North America, having a cluster of green leaves and a spike of flowers surrounded by a yellow spathe.

1745–55, Americanism Unabridged
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skunk cabbage
1.  a low-growing fetid aroid swamp plant, Symplocarpus foetidus of E North America, having broad leaves and minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple spathe
2.  a similar aroid plant, Lysichitum americanum, of the W coast of North America and N Asia

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Example sentences
Honestly, find one and compare: stink bugs are to cilantro what skunks are to
  skunk cabbage.
At this time of year, her mission includes trips to a the swamp, to take the
  temperature of skunk cabbage.
Skunk cabbage is up in the swamps along the train tracks.
She cures his bellyache with skunk cabbage and wild mint, sucks out his earwax,
  tells his fortune.
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