[ US /ˈmɪɫˌkwid/ ]
[ UK /mˈɪlkwiːd/ ]
  1. annual Eurasian sow thistle with soft spiny leaves and rayed yellow flower heads
  2. 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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How To Use milkweed In A Sentence

  • The larvae absorb toxins from their food plant, milkweed.
  • Wicks were made of loosely spun hemp or tow, or of cotton; from the milkweed which grows so plentifully in our fields and roads to-day the children gathered in late summer the silver "silk-down" which was "spun grossly into candle wicke. Home Life in Colonial Days
  • Endowed with an insatiable appetite for milkweed, and almost always in close proximity to the plant, these larvae eventually turn into butterflies and continue flying north.
  • Some are now encased in chrysalises hanging From the milkweed plants, waiting to emerge as orange-and-black beauties and continue their journey.
  • They found eggshells as evidence of monarch oviposition on black swallow-wort in uncaged field populations of swallow-wort and milkweed.
  • But ‘monarchs need an absence of direct toxins, a plenitude of milkweed, and a plenitude of nectar sources.’
  • Every year my kids and I collect Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars from the milkweed in my yard. Butterflies in the kitchen « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog
  • Milkweed fruits would in pairs (each flower produces 2), on stalks, and almost always in umbellate inflorescences rather than on something spicate like yours looks.
  • A better kind of material, it appears, was subsequently found in the down surrounding the seed-vessels of a plant vulgarly called euphorbium, and at that time botanically termed milkweed. Mellonta Tauta
  • Milkweed, goldenrod, ironwort, fringed gentians, cardinal-flowers, and turtle-head stood on the very edge of the creek, and every flower of them had a double in the water. Freckles
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