- any of several plants that secrete a milky juice or latex, especially those of the genus Asclepias, as A. syriaca.Compare milkweed family.
- any of various other plants having a milky juice, as certain spurges.
Origin of milkweed
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Examples from the Web for milkweed
The accompanying use of these poisons has proven deadly to milkweed.
But the biggest factor is thought to be an accompanying decrease in milkweed, where the Monarchs lay their eggs along the way.
Other supporters of the milkweed effort include Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
Graywolf Press is there, along with Milkweed, Coffee House Press, Rain Taxi magazine.Benjamin Percy: How I Write
June 5, 2013
But its method of capture is somewhat similar to the milkweed.
What a singular decree has Nature declared with reference to the milkweed!
Look at the seeds of the boneset, joe-pye-weed, milkweed, and goldenrod!The Fall of the Year
Dallas Lore Sharp
Other men padded saddles with milkweed and sewed and polished leather.When the Owl Cries
The cotton from the milkweed, then called 'silk-grass,' was used for pillows and cushions.The Historical Child
- Also called: silkweed any plant of the mostly North American genus Asclepias, having milky sap and pointed pods that split open to release tufted seeds: family AsclepiadaceaeSee also asclepias
- any of various other plants having milky sap
- orange milkweed another name for butterfly weed
- another name for monarch (def. 3)
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Word Origin and History for milkweed
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