Definition of dogbane in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdäɡbān/


A shrubby North American plant, typically having bell-shaped flowers and reputed to be poisonous to dogs.
  • Genus Apocynum, family Apocynaceae: several species, including the common spreading dogbane (A. androsaemifolium).
Example sentences
  • Blue stars are related to dogbanes, oleander, and periwinkles, and produce a similarly milky sap which can be messy.
  • Tillage with a chisel plow, disk, or field cultivator may actually help spread perennials with creeping root systems, such as Canada thistle and hemp dogbane.
  • Because some perennial broadleaf weeds, such as bindweeds, hemp dogbane, common milkweed, and Jerusalem artichoke, cannot be controlled effectively for relay intercropping, severely infested fields should be avoided.

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Syllabification: dog·bane

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