- 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.
- 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
Examples from the Web for skunk cabbage
Historical Examples of skunk cabbage
The flowers are often fragrant, but the plant has a disagreeable smell, something like Skunk-cabbage, when crushed.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers
From the smooth sumac they reap a harvest in midsummer, and in March they get a good grist of pollen from the skunk-cabbage.A Year in the Fields
The funniest thing I ever saw for sale was a basket of skunk-cabbage flowers on Broadway.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work
Mary Rogers Miller
This plant belongs to the same family as the skunk-cabbage of the East and the calla-lily.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
Off in the ferns there beat a warning tattoo—the loud whir of the snake's tail against a skunk-cabbage leaf.Roof and Meadow
Dallas Lore Sharp
- 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
- a similar aroid plant, Lysichitum americanum, of the W coast of North America and N Asia