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silkweed

[ silk-weed ]
/ ˈsɪlkˌwid /
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noun

any milkweed, the pods of which contain a silky down.

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Origin of silkweed

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; silk + weed1
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silkweed
/ (ˈsɪlkˌwiːd) /

noun

another name for milkweed (def. 1)

Word Origin for silkweed

C19: so called because the pods contain a silklike down
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