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puccoon

Syllabification: puc·coon
Pronunciation: /pəˈko͞on
 
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Definition of puccoon in English:

noun

A North American plant that yields a pigment from which dye or medicinal products are obtained, especially formerly.
  • Genus Lithospermum, family Boraginaceae: several species, including hoary puccoon (L. canescens)
Example sentences
  • Plants here include prairie rose, nodding onion, gray-headed coneflower, butterfly weed, green milkweed, hoary puccoon, and even eastern prickly pear cactus.
  • Walk through the prairie's first showing of pussytoes, puccoon, and bird's foot violets, walk through the tick-ridden grasses, walk through the wild phlox and unfurling ferns of maidenhair.
  • My first visit was in early May, when the ground was covered with delicately beautiful sand love grass, punctuated by bright yellow clusters of hoary puccoon and golden Alexander.

Origin

early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian poughkone.

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