milkweed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n milkweed annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower heads
    • n milkweed any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Milkweed (Bot) 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. Its leaves are a favorite food source for the larvae of the monarch butterfly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n milkweed A general name for plants of the genus Asclepias, somewhat especially for A. Cornuti, the most common American species: so called from their milky juice. The bast of A. Cornuti forms a tough textile fiber. The swamp-milkweed, A. incarnata, is another common species, with rather handsome flesh-colored flowers. Also called silkweed.
    • n milkweed A plant of the genus Euphorbia, especially E. corollata, the flowering or blooming spurge. See Euphorbia.
    • n milkweed In Great Britain: The sow-thistle, Sonchus oleraceus.
    • n milkweed The milk-parsley, Peucedanum palustre.
    • n milkweed The tall blue lettuce, Lactuca spicata.
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Usage

In literature:

Brier and milkweed clung to his frayed blouse and trousers.
"The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
Young milkweed is better than spinach, and also makes an excellent salad.
"Three Acres and Liberty" by Bolton Hall
Better than any written description of the milkweed blossom's mechanism is a simple experiment.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Look at a milkweed seed; it is a complete flying apparatus.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
Our milkweed is tenacious of life; its roots lie deep, as if to get away from the plow, but it seldom infests cultivated crops.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Last fall he grafted several strawberry plants on plants of the milkweed.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Feathers are occasionally used to pad the bottom prior to lining, as are pieces of wool and milkweed down.
"Natural History of the Bell Vireo, Vireo bellii Audubon" by Jon C. Barlow
A Monarch rose from a stalk of milkweed, and winged its stately flight just ahead of her.
"Bee and Butterfly" by Lucy Foster Madison
Unlike the other milkweeds, the Pleurisy Root contains little or no milky juice.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
You see, then I shall belong to one of the finest families in the meadow, the Milkweed Butterflies.
"Among the Meadow People" by Clara Dillingham Pierson
They find milkweed plants and lay their eggs upon the leaves.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed
It is a milkweed butterfly, and will serve as a good introduction to this new world of winged life.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
Milkweed Juice for Raw Surfaces.
"Scientific American, Vol. XXXIX.--No. 24. [New Series.], December 14, 1878" by Various
More silvery still, the milkweed is adrift.
"Minstrel Weather" by Marian Storm
In the south by late spring the very woolly stems and foliage of this milkweed become quite noticeable before any hint of blossoms appears.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
That exquisite thing, the seed of Milkweed (shown on page 328), furnished abundant playthings.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
The milkweed launches fairy boats; In tangled silver the cobweb floats.
"The Optimist's Good Morning" by Florence Hobart Perin
The monarch frequents the milkweed in order to lay eggs there.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
Pollen, Telltale Milkweed, 237.
"Book of Monsters" by David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
Other men padded saddles with milkweed and sewed and polished leather.
"When the Owl Cries" by Paul Bartlett
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In poetry:

Then span I out of milkweeds fine
Fair stockings soft and long,
And other things of quaint design
That unto maids belong.
"Beauty's Wardrobe" by Richard Le Gallienne
Withered and thinned,
The sentinel mullein looms,
With the pale gray shadowy plumes
Of the goldenrod;
And the milkweed opens its pod,
Tempting the wind.
"By An Autumn Stream" by Archibald Lampman
Hours aimless-drifting as the milkweed's down
In seeming, still a seed of joy ye bear
That steals into the soul when unaware,
And springs up Memory in the stony town.
"Summer Hours" by Helen Gray Cone
The bleak sunshine shrieks its chipped music then
Out to the milkweed amid the fields of wheat.
There is a calm for you where men and women
Unroll the chill precision of moving feet.
"Death Of Little Boys" by Allen Tate
Below the sunset's range of rose,
Below the heaven's deepening blue,
Down woodways where the balsam blows,
And milkweed tufts hang, gray with dew,
A Jersey heifer stops and lows—
The cows come home by one, by two.
""Below The Sunset’s Range Of Rose"" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Farmers haven't always looked kindly upon milkweed, though.
Milkweed Editions has awarded its annual Prize for Children's Literature to Molly Beth Griffin of Minneapolis for her novel "Silhouette of a Sparrow.".
Who's Got Milkweed, Vladimir Nabokov, Seedballs and Monarch Butterflies Roosting.
After serving 10 years as Owenton's mayor, David "Milkweed" Wotier has closed one door of his life, but expects many others to open in the future.
Common milkweed is the only food source of monarch butterfly caterpillars.
Milkweed and our baby oak tree.
Fluffy Milkweed Click to enlarge.
Milkweed Editions has awarded its annual Prize for Children's Literature to Molly Beth Griffin of Minneapolis for her novel "Silhouette of a Sparrow.".
Discussions ensued about possibly pruning the milkweeds , which typically die back in winters when a hard freeze occurs.
Who's Got Milkweed , Vladimir Nabokov, Seedballs and Monarch Butterflies Roosting.
After serving 10 years as Owenton's mayor, David " Milkweed " Wotier has closed one door of his life, but expects many others to open in the future.
Milkweed Is More Than Just Another Pretty Plant.
Milkweed Flowerbud Quiche Recipe.
Seth Kantner on the Milkweed site.
Tips for planting milkweed to lure Monarch butterflies to your garden.
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