- a tall herb, Phytolacca americana, of North America, having juicy purple berries and a purple root used in medicine, and young edible shoots resembling asparagus.
Origin of pokeweed
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Is there anywhere a more audacious beauty than the pokeweed in autumn?In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
Pokeweed is a native American, and what a lusty, royal plant it is!A Year in the Fields
Rivina, ri-vī′na, n. a genus of apetalous plants, the pokeweed family.
A few tufts of elder, with here and there a patch of briers and pokeweed, flourished in the gravelly soil.Peter Parley's Own Story
Samuel G. Goodrich
The pokeweed berries will color a good red,” continued Mrs. Scott; “but for scarlet we must use the dogwood roots.A Little Maid of Ticonderoga
Alice Turner Curtis
pokeberry or pokeroot
- a tall North American plant, Phytolacca americana, that has small white flowers, juicy purple berries, and a poisonous purple root used medicinally: family PhytolaccaceaeSometimes shortened to: poke Also called: inkberry
C18 poke, shortened from Algonquian puccoon plant used in dyeing, from pak blood