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milkweed

[ milk-weed ]
/ ˈmɪlkˌwid /
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noun

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.

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Origin of milkweed

First recorded in 1590–1600; milk + weed1
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British Dictionary definitions for milkweed

milkweed
/ (ˈmɪlkˌwiːd) /

noun

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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