pokeweed

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poke (Phytolacca americana) +‎ weed. The first element, poke, is from Powhatan.[1][2]

Noun[edit]

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pokeweed (plural pokeweeds)

  1. A poisonous North American plant, Phytolacca americana, with reddish stems, broad leaves, clusters of white flowers, and dark purple berries.

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  1. ^ Charles L. Cutler, O Brave New Words!: Native American Loanwords in Current English (ISBN 0806132469, 2000)
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of English (ISBN 0199571120)