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wild parsnip

a strong-smelling umbelliferous plant, Pastinaca sativa, that has an inedible root: the ancestor of the cultivated parsnip
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  • In 1847 we collected some wild parsnip seed from the top of the Cotteswolds, where this is among the most frequent of weeds.

  • Flowers of many of the Parsley Family, for example wild carrot, wild parsnip and caraway, are quite odd.

    Through a Microscope Samuel Wells
  • The wild parsnip is good for gravel, and for heartbeat there's nothing so good as dandelion.

  • The wild parsnip (Meacan-buidhe) is good for the gravel; and for heart-beat there's nothing so good as dandelion.

    Poets and Dreamers Lady Augusta Gregory and Others
  • For the convulsions caused by wild parsnip there was the wonder-working yerba del pasmo.

    California Mary Austin
  • On roadside banks, particularly in chalky districts, we may often meet with the wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa).

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux

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