from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall North American plant (Phytolacca americana) having small white flowers, blackish-red berries clustered on long drooping racemes, and a poisonous root. Also called pokeberry, pokeroot.
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- n. A poisonous North American plant, Phytolacca americana, with reddish stems, broad leaves, clusters of white flowers, and dark purple berries.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See poke, the plant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Phytolacca, especially P. decandra of eastern North America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial of the genus Phytolacca
So name your poison: fugu, ackee, pokeweed, casu marzu, Amanita mushrooms, naga jolokia, or Los Angeles danger dogs.
Young pokeweed leaves can be boiled three times to reduce the toxin, discarding the water after each boiling.
For many decades, poke salad has been a staple of southern U.S. cuisine, despite campaigns by doctors who believed pokeweed remained toxic even after being boiled.
At River Farm, the initial attempt at converting a turfed field into a wildflower meadow ended with the mass appearance of pokeweed, a thuggish plant that quickly overtook and smothered the wildflowers.
They eat breakfast parked out front of an Amoco, a slanted shack held upright by gray paint and chicken wire and pokeweed.
Until the mid-20th century, greens such as wild onions, pokeweed and sorrel were eaten in many parts of the U.S.
I ducked under branches and flung myself into a patch of pokeweed, gasping and cursing incoherently.
Huge drops splattered on the leaves of pokeweed and burdock, and the firs and pines let go their long-held breath in a fragrant sigh.
Their father was home, and they ran away into the woods, where they lived like gods on pokeweed salad, wild raspberries, and tender fiddleheads.
I plucked a tender stalk of pokeweed from the bowl and nibbled it myself, enjoying the sharp taste.