Silkweed Silk"weed`, n. (Bot.) Any plant of the genera {Asclepias} and {Acerates} whose seed vessels contain a long, silky down; milkweed. [1913 Webster]

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  • silkweed — ☆ silkweed [silk′wēd΄ ] n. MILKWEED (n. 1) …   English World dictionary

  • silkweed — /ˈsɪlkwid/ (say silkweed) noun any milkweed of the family Asclepiadaceae, so called from the silky down in the pod …   Australian English dictionary

  • silkweed — klemalis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Klemalinių (Asclepiadaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Asclepias). atitikmenys: lot. Asclepias angl. milkweed; silkweed vok. Seidenpflanze rus. ваточник; ластовень lenk. tojeść …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • silkweed — noun any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts • Syn: ↑milkweed • Hypernyms: ↑herb, ↑herbaceous plant • Hyponyms: ↑white milkweed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • silkweed — noun Date: 1784 milkweed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • silkweed — /silk weed /, n. any milkweed, the pods of which contain a silky down. [1775 85, Amer.; SILK + WEED1] * * * …   Universalium

  • silkweed — silk•weed [[t]ˈsɪlkˌwid[/t]] n. pln milkweed 1) • Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • purple silkweed — noun perennial of eastern North America having pink purple flowers • Syn: ↑Asclepias purpurascens • Hypernyms: ↑milkweed, ↑silkweed …   Useful english dictionary

  • swamp silkweed — noun see swamp milkweed …   Useful english dictionary

  • List of plants by common name — The common names of plants often vary from region to region, which is why most plant encyclopedias refer to plants using their scientific names: binomials, or Latin names. Many plants have several common names, and many common names refer to… …   Wikipedia

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