[ moon-seed ]
/ ˈmunˌsid /


any climbing plant of the genus Menispermum, having greenish-white flowers and crescent-shaped seeds.

Origin of moonseed

First recorded in 1730–40; moon + seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moonseed

  • Stamen of Moonseed, with anther cut across; this 4-celled, or rather 4-locellate.

  • When she finished she picked up a trailing vine of moonseed.

    The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
  • She learned the uses and prices of the plant, and also made drawings of cohosh, moonseed and bloodroot.

    The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
  • Fig. 231, staminate, and 232, pistillate flower of Moonseed.

British Dictionary definitions for moonseed

/ (ˈmuːnˌsiːd) /


any menispermaceous climbing plant of the genus Menispermum and related genera, having red or black fruits with crescent-shaped or ring-shaped seeds
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