skunk cabbage

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English[edit]

A skunk cabbage

Etymology[edit]

skunk + cabbage, from the strong odor produced when the leaves are broken or torn

Noun[edit]

skunk cabbage (plural skunk cabbages)

  1. Any of several leafy, foul-smelling plants.
    1. Symplocarpus foetidus, a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of eastern North America.
    2. Lysichiton americanus, a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of western North America.
    3. Lysichiton camtschatcense, a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of eastern Asia.

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