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cow parsnip

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noun
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.
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Origin of cow parsnip

First recorded in 1540–50
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cow parsnip

noun
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 flowersAlso called: hogweed, keck
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