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pokeweed Syllabification: poke·weed
Pronunciation: /ˈpōkˌwēd/

Definition of pokeweed in English:


A North American plant with red stems, spikes of cream flowers, and purple berries. Also called poke3, inkberry.
  • Phytolacca americana, family Phytolaccaceae
Example sentences
  • Chewing insects can spread the disease from weeds as they feed, so be sure to remove all nearby pokeweed, nightshade, catnip, horsenettle and motherwort.
  • Flea beetles also feed on many nongarden plants, including Virginia creeper, pokeweed, horse nettle, pigweed and wild mustard family plants.
  • Some of the most popular berry-producing plants for bluebirds include blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, elderberry, bayberry, dogwood, juniper, Virginia creeper, sumac, pokeweed, mountain ash, and mistletoe.


Early 18th century: from poke3.

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