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[milk-weed] /ˈmɪlkˌwid/

any of several plants that secrete a milky juice or latex, especially those of the genus Asclepias, as A. syriaca.
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any of various other plants having a milky juice, as certain spurges.
Also called silkweed. any plant of the mostly North American genus Asclepias, having milky sap and pointed pods that split open to release tufted seeds: family Asclepiadaceae See also asclepias
any of various other plants having milky sap
orange milkweed, another name for butterfly weed
another name for monarch (sense 3)

1590s, from milk (n.) + weed (n.); used in reference to various plants whose juice resembles milk.


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    noun 1. any of several red and black lygaeid bugs, as Oncopeltus fasciatus, that feed on the juice of the milkweed.

  • Milkweed-beetle

    noun 1. any of several small red, black-spotted elongated beetles of the genus Tetraopes, common in eastern North America, that inhabit the milkweed.

  • Milkweed-butterfly

    noun 1. .

  • Milkweed-family

    noun 1. the plant family Asclepiadaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, shrubs, and vines having simple, opposite or whorled leaves, usually milky juice, umbellike clusters of small flowers, and long pods that split open to release tufted, airborne seeds, and including the anglepod, butterfly weed, milkweed, stephanotis, and wax plant.

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