spotted cowbane

spotted cowbane

noun
a North American water hemlock, Cicuta maculata, of the parsley family, having a purple-mottled stem, white flowers, and deadly poisonous, tuberlike roots.
Also called musquash root, spotted hemlock.


Origin:
1840–50

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spotted cowbane

noun
tall biennial water hemlock of northeastern North America having purple-spotted stems and clusters of extremely poisonous tuberous roots resembling small sweet potatoes 
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