noun Date: 1739 a twining plant (Menispermum canadense of the family Menispermaceae, the moonseed family) of eastern North America that has crescent-shaped seeds and black fruits

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  • moonseed — [mo͞on′sēd΄] n. any of a genus (Menispermum) of twining vines of the moonseed family, with small clusters of purple berries and crescent shaped seeds adj. designating a family (Menispermaceae, order Ranunculales) of tropical dicotyledonous lianas …   English World dictionary

  • Moonseed — Moon seed , n. (Bot.) A climbing plant of the genus {Menispermum}; so called from the crescentlike form of the seeds. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moonseed — noun plant of the family Menispermaceae having red or black fruit with crescent or ring shaped seeds • Hypernyms: ↑vine • Hyponyms: ↑common moonseed, ↑Canada moonseed, ↑yellow parilla, ↑Menispermum canadense, ↑Carolina moonseed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • moonseed — /moohn seed /, n. 1. any climbing plant of the genus Menispermum, having greenish white flowers and crescent shaped seeds. 2. See Carolina moonseed. [1730 40; MOON + SEED] * * * ▪ plant       any of three species of woody vines constituting the… …   Universalium

  • moonseed — noun A twining plant of the genus Menispermum, eponymous of the Menispermae or moonseed family The crescent shaped (hence their name) moonseeds bear black fruits See Also: moonbeam, moon blind, mooncalf, moon eyed, moonfish …   Wiktionary

  • moonseed — kanadinis mėnuliasėklis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Mėnuliasėklinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Menispermum canadense), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Menispermum canadense angl. yellow parilla; moonseed šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • moonseed — n. any of several types of flowering vines bearing red or black fruit …   English contemporary dictionary

  • moonseed — moon•seed [[t]ˈmunˌsid[/t]] n. pln any climbing plant belonging to the genus Menispermum, of the family Menispermaceae, having greenish white flowers and crescent shaped seeds • Etymology: 1730–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • moonseed — /ˈmunsid/ (say moohnseed) noun any of the climbing herbs constituting the genus Menispermum (family Menispermaceae) with greenish white flowers, so called from the crescent shaped seeds …   Australian English dictionary

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