Definition of Milkweed

1. Noun. Any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts.




2. Noun. Annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower heads.
Exact synonyms: Sonchus Oleraceus
Generic synonyms: Milk Thistle, Sow Thistle

Definition of Milkweed

1. n. Any plant of the genera Asclepias and Acerates, abounding in a milky juice, and having its seed attached to a long silky down; silkweed. The name is also applied to several other plants with a milky juice, as to several kinds of spurge.

Definition of Milkweed

1. Noun. Any of several plants, of the genus ''Asclepias'', that have a milky sap and have pods that split to release seeds with silky tufts. ¹

2. Noun. A monarch butterfly. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Milkweed

1. a plant that secretes a milky juice [n -S]

Medical Definition of Milkweed

1. Any plant of the genera Asclepias and Acerates, abounding in a milky juice, and having its seed attached to a long silky down; silkweed. The name is also applied to several other plants with a milky juice, as to several kinds of spurge. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Milkweed

milkpan
milkpans
milkpox
milks
milkshakelike
milkshakes
milkshed
milksheds
milksop
milksoppy
milksops
milkvetch
milkvetches
milkwagon
milkweed (current term)
milkweed bug
milkweed bugs
milkweed family
milkweeds
milkwhite
milkwoman
milkwomen
milkwood
milkwoods
milkwort
milkwort family
milkworts
milky

Literary usage of Milkweed

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Minnesota Plant Life by Conway MacMillan (1899)
"Each milkweed flower consists of a five-parted calyx, usually small. Within, there appear the five corolla lobes, turned back around the pedicel of the ..."

2. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1917)
"It is a familiar fact to students of botany that the flower base of the milkweed has no sticky substance on it but is furnished with remarkable ..."

3. Nature Study and the Child by Charles B. Scott (1900)
"Hence we should first study such a plant as the milkweed, which is typical of the hairy-winged seeds, and gather about it two or three other seeds with ..."

4. Rubber-content of North American Plants by Harvey Monroe Hall, Frances Louise Long (1921)
"This milkweed has yielded the highest percentage of rubber of all the species ... This is the most abundant milkweed in the eastern United States and Canada ..."

5. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"milkweed. Character of the Genus.—Calyx 5-parted, persistent, ... Swamp milkweed. Description.—Hoods of the crown scarcely as long as the slender, ..."

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