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cow parsnip

any of several tall, coarse plants of the genus Heracleum, of the parsley family, as H. sphondylium or H. lanatum, having large, flat clusters of white flowers.
Origin of cow parsnip
First recorded in 1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The cow parsnip is a common plant which you find all over Britain in summer and autumn.

  • It was that which is known in some places as master-wort, but more commonly by the name of cow parsnip.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for cow parsnip

cow parsnip

any tall coarse umbelliferous plant of the genus Heracleum, such as H. sphondylium of Europe and Asia, having thick stems and flattened clusters of white or purple flowers Also called hogweed, keck
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