skunk cabbage

noun
  1. a low, fetid, broad-leaved North American plant, Symplocarpus foetidus, of the arum family, having a brownish-purple and green mottled spathe surrounding a stout spadix, growing in moist ground.
  2. a related plant, Lysichiton americanum, of western North America, having a cluster of green leaves and a spike of flowers surrounded by a yellow spathe.

Origin of skunk cabbage

An Americanism dating back to 1745–55
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skunk cabbage

noun
  1. a low-growing fetid aroid swamp plant, Symplocarpus foetidus of E North America, having broad leaves and minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple spathe
  2. a similar aroid plant, Lysichitum americanum, of the W coast of North America and N Asia
Turkish name (1392–1913): skunkweed
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