skokeberry

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Etymology[edit]

Perhaps a half-translation of an Algonquian term for "red berry" (compare Abenaki mkw-, mskw- (red)), in reference to the berries' red colour. Alternatively, perhaps a half-translation of an Algonquian term such as Penobscot *skokimin (snake berry), in reference to the fact that the plant is poisonous. Compare scoke.[1]

Noun[edit]

skokeberry (plural skokeberries)

  1. (US) A pokeberry; a pokeweed (the plant Phytolacca americana or its dark red or purple fruit).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ scoke” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.