• WordNet 3.6
    • n Asclepias genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed; milkweed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Asclepias (Bot) A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Asclepias as-klē′pi-as a genus of plants, native to North America, giving name to the natural order of the Asclepidaceæ, and containing the milk-weed, swallow-wort, &c.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , named from Asclepios, or Aesculapius,


In literature:

If the asclepias really do kill some insects with their juice, others doubtless owe their lives to it.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
The juice of the common large milk-weeds (Asclepias) will cure warts.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Asclepias, the god of the healing art, was the son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
Asclepias, pollen of, 193.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
This part had been covered with beautiful flowers, such as sunflowers, red and orange-coloured poppies, and asclepias.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
Asclepias one drm., Glycerine two ozs., Syrup of Wild Cherry.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
As we advanced our escort took care to fire every large dry asclepias, to disperse the shades which buried us.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
Asclepias is the typical genus.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) is a perennial, native in fields and waste places from Canada to North Carolina and Kansas.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
A mass of waxy pollen or of coherent pollen-grains, as in Asclepias and Orchids.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray

In news:

Of the 250 or more species of Asclepias, Asclepias tuberosa is perhaps the showiest.
Swamp milkweed ( Asclepias incarnata ) was spectacular at Moraine State Park last weekend.
Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) is a food source that gives several edible parts during different times of the year.