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[dawg-beyn, dog-]
  1. any of several plants of the genus Apocynum, especially A. androsaemifolium, yielding an acrid milky juice and having an intensely bitter root.
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Origin of dogbane

First recorded in 1590–1600; dog + bane
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Historical Examples

  • Cream′-fruit, the fruit of a creeping West African plant of the dogbane family, yielding a cream-like juice; Cream′iness.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • Vinca, ving′ka, n. a genus of woody herbaceous plants of the dogbane family, the periwinkles.

  • Allied to the milkweed is another plant, the dogbane (Apocynum), which has a similar trick of entrapping its insect friends.

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British Dictionary definitions for dogbane


  1. any of several North American apocynaceous plants of the genus Apocynum, esp A. androsaemifolium, having bell-shaped white or pink flowers: thought to be poisonous to dogs
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