silkweed

[silk-weed]

Origin of silkweed

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; silk + weed1
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British Dictionary definitions for silkweed

silkweed

noun
  1. another name for milkweed (def. 1)

Word Origin for silkweed

C19: so called because the pods contain a silklike down
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