Definition of pokeweed in English:

pokeweed

Line breaks: poke|weed
Pronunciation: /ˈpəʊkwiːd
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A North American plant with red stems, spikes of cream flowers, and purple berries. Also called poke3.
    • Phytolacca americana, family Phytolaccaceae
    More 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.

Origin

early 18th century: poke from Algonquian poughkone.

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