Definition of milkweed in English:

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milkweed

Pronunciation: /ˈmilkwēd/

noun

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1A herbaceous American plant with milky sap. Some kinds attract butterflies, some yield a variety of useful products, and some are grown as ornamentals.
  • Genus Asclepias, family Asclepiadaceae: several species, in particular the common milkweed (A. syriaca).
Example sentences
  • Some of the primary plants for butterfly larvae include: aspen, alfalfa, clover, nettle, pearly everlasting, milkweed, grasses, hackberry, parsley, vetch, and willow.
  • Plants here include prairie rose, nodding onion, gray-headed coneflower, butterfly weed, green milkweed, hoary puccoon, and even eastern prickly pear cactus.
  • The larvae absorb toxins from their food plant, milkweed.
2 (also milkweed butterfly) another term for monarch butterfly.
Example sentences
  • This is sometimes called the ‘milkweed butterfly’ because its larvae dine exclusively on this plant.

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