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spotted cowbane

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noun

a North American water hemlock, Cicuta maculata, of the parsley family, having a purple-mottled stem, white flowers, and deadly poisonous, tuberlike roots.

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Also called musquash root, spotted hemlock.

Origin of spotted cowbane

First recorded in 1840–50
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