locoweed
noun Date: 1879 any of several leguminous plants (genera Astragalus and Oxytropis) of western North America that cause locoism especially in livestock

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  • locoweed — ☆ locoweed [lō′kō wēd΄ ] n. any of several perennial plants (genera Astragalus and Oxytropis) of the pea family, which are common in W North America and cause the loco disease of cattle, sheep, and, esp., horses …   English World dictionary

  • Locoweed — For other uses, see Locoweed (disambiguation). Locoweed (also crazyweed and loco) is a common name in North America for any plant that produces swainsonine, a phytotoxin harmful to livestock. Worldwide, swainsonine is produced by a small number… …   Wikipedia

  • locoweed — /loh koh weed /, n. any of various leguminous plants of the genera Astragalus and Oxytropis, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, causing locoism in sheep, horses, etc. [1875 80, Amer.; LOCO + WEED1] * * * Any of several species of poisonous… …   Universalium

  • locoweed — (loco [lóko] [see above])    Missouri: 1844. Any of several poisonous leguminous plants that cause a sort of distemper in cattle known as loco (disease). The DARE notes that the two most common plants of this name are the milk vetch (a plant of… …   Vocabulario Vaquero

  • locoweed — noun 1. any of several leguminous plants of western North America causing locoism in livestock • Syn: ↑crazyweed, ↑crazy weed • Hypernyms: ↑legume, ↑leguminous plant • Hyponyms: ↑purple locoweed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • locoweed — noun Any of several plants indigenous to the western United States, of genus Oxytropis or Astragalus, are toxic to cattle and the symptoms of poisoning include nervous problems …   Wiktionary

  • locoweed — lo·co·weed lō (.)kō .wēd n any of several leguminous plants (genera Astragalus and Oxytropis) of western No. America that cause locoism in livestock * * * lo·co·weed (loґko wēd) [Sp. loco insane] any of numerous leguminous plants that grow… …   Medical dictionary

  • locoweed — lo|co|weed [ˈləukəuwi:d US ˈloukou ] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: loco + weed] a plant that grows in America and makes animals ill if they eat it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • locoweed — n. leguminous plant which grows in the western and southwestern United States …   English contemporary dictionary

  • locoweed — noun N. Amer. a plant which can cause a brain disorder if eaten by livestock. [Genera Astragalus and Oxytropis.] …   English new terms dictionary

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