- any milkweed, the pods of which contain a silky down.
Origin of silkweed
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Examples from the Web for silkweed
Their lines were made of the tough, fibrous, silken bark of the variety of milkweed or silkweed, already mentioned.Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity
- another name for milkweed (def. 1)
C19: so called because the pods contain a silklike down