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black swallowwort

noun
1.
See under swallowwort (def 2).

swallowwort

[swol-oh-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈswɒl oʊˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
celandine (def 1).
2.
any of several plants of the milkweed family, especially a climbing vine, Cynanchum nigrum (black swallowwort) native to Europe, having small, brownish flowers.
Origin of swallowwort
1540-1550
First recorded in 1540-50; swallow2 + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for black swallowwort

swallowwort

/ˈswɒləʊˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
any of several Eurasian vines of the genus Cynanchum, esp C. nigrum, having small brownish-purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae
2.
a related European herbaceous plant, Vincetoxicum officinale (or Cynanchum vincetoxicum), having an emetic root
3.
another name for greater celandine
Word Origin
C16: so called because the shape of its pod is reminiscent of a flying swallow
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