[ pahy-plant, -plahnt ]


  1. the edible rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pieplant1

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; pie 1 + plant

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Example Sentences

Rhubarb, or pieplant, as it is more commonly called, is one of the hardiest and at the same time a most delicious fruit.

Pieplant was two feet high, and strawberries were almost ripe.


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More About Pieplant

What does pieplant mean?

Pieplant is another name for rhubarb—a plant with edible leafstalks that are known for their use in making pies and preserves.

These stalks have a tart, tangy, sour flavor that’s often paired with sweet ingredients, such as in strawberry rhubarb pie.

Example: Wow, I do love a good strawberry rhubarb pie—they don’t call it pieplant for nothing!

Where does pieplant come from?

The first records of the word pieplant come from around 1840. It was first used in the U.S. and comes from the association of rhubarb with its use in pies.

As a plant, rhubarb is a member of the buckwheat family and the genus Rheum. There are several varieties, including one with a stem that’s used for medicinal purposes. However, the word pieplant is only used to refer to the kind that has edible stalks that are often used to make pies. The leaves and roots of the rhubarb plant are poisonous and should not be eaten.

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How is pieplant used in real life?

Pieplant is not a commonly used word. It is closely associated with its use as an ingredient in rhubarb pie and strawberry rhubarb pie.


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True or False?

The edible stalks of pieplant have a sweet flavor.