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swal·low·wort

 (swŏl′ō-wûrt′, -wôrt′)
n.
1. See celandine.
2. Any of several vines of the genus Cynanchum having clusters of small white or brownish-purple flowers and slender dehiscent pods.

[From the association of the plant by ancient writers with the return of the swallows in spring ; see celandine. Sense 2, from the forked shape of their pods after dehiscence, resembling a swallow's tail .]
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swallowwort

(ˈswɒləʊˌwɜːt)
n
1. (Plants) any of several Eurasian vines of the genus Cynanchum, esp C. nigrum, having small brownish-purple flowers: family Asclepiadaceae
2. (Plants) a related European herbaceous plant, Vincetoxicum officinale (or Cynanchum vincetoxicum), having an emetic root
3. (Plants) another name for greater celandine
[C16: so called because the shape of its pod is reminiscent of a flying swallow]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.swallowwort - tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wingsswallowwort - tropical herb having orange-red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics
milkweed, silkweed - any of numerous plants of the genus Asclepias having milky juice and pods that split open releasing seeds with downy tufts
2.swallowwort - perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowersswallowwort - perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers
poppy - annual or biennial or perennial herbs having showy flowers
Chelidonium, genus Chelidonium - one species: greater celandine
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