Swallowwort

Swallowwort

Swallowwort is a term used for several plants and plant families. The term "Swallowwort" likely derived from description of poisonous effects; Swallowwort genus name "Cynanchum" is from Greek words meaning "to choke a dog."

The following plants are referred to as "Swallowwort":

*Any of several vines of the genus "Cynanchum", especially Black Swallowwort ("C. nigrum") or White Swallowwort ("C. vincetoxicum (L.)").
*Tetterworts, such as Greater Celandine ("Chelidonium majus"). Greater Celandine and Swallowwort were each often categorized with Tetterworts because they were used to treat "Tetter". This led to nomenclature confusion among these worts.
*Any plant of the genus Asclepias.


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  • Swallowwort — Swal low*wort , n. (Bot.) (a) See {Celandine}. (b) A poisonous plant ({Vincetoxicum officinale}) of the Milkweed family, at one time used in medicine; also called {white swallowwort}. [1913 Webster] {African swallowwort}, a plant of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swallowwort — [swäl′ōwʉrt΄] n. 1. CELANDINE (sense 1) 2. any of several plants of the milkweed family, as black swallowwort ( Cynanchum nigrum), a twining European vine with purplish brown flowers, now wild in the E U.S …   English World dictionary

  • swallowwort — šlakinė kregždūnė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Klemalinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Vincetoxicum hirundinaria), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Vincetoxicum hirundinaria angl. German ipecac;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • swallowwort — Celandine Cel an*dine (s[e^]l [a^]n*d[imac]n), n. [OE. celidoine, OF. celidoine, F. ch[ e]lidoine, fr. L. chelidonia (sc. herba), fr. chelidonius pertaining to the swallow, Gr. chelido nios, fr. chelidw n the swallow, akin to L. hirundo a swallow …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swallowwort — /swol oh werrt , wawrt /, n. 1. celandine (def. 1). 2. any of several plants of the milkweed family, esp. a climbing vine, Cynanchum nigrum (black swallowwort), native to Europe, having small, brownish flowers. [1540 50; SWALLOW2 + WORT2] * * * …   Universalium

  • swallowwort — kvapioji pienuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Klemalinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Calotropis procera), paplitęs Afrikoje ir pietų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Calotropis procera angl. akund; apple of Sodom; auricula tree; giant …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • swallowwort — didžioji ugniažolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aguoninių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Chelidonium majus), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Chelidonium majus angl. celandine; great… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • swallowwort — noun 1. tropical herb having orange red flowers followed by pods suggesting a swallow with outspread wings; a weed throughout the tropics • Syn: ↑blood flower, ↑Asclepias curassavica • Hypernyms: ↑milkweed, ↑silkweed 2. perennial herb with… …   Useful english dictionary

  • African swallowwort — Swallowwort Swal low*wort , n. (Bot.) (a) See {Celandine}. (b) A poisonous plant ({Vincetoxicum officinale}) of the Milkweed family, at one time used in medicine; also called {white swallowwort}. [1913 Webster] {African swallowwort}, a plant of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • white swallowwort — Swallowwort Swal low*wort , n. (Bot.) (a) See {Celandine}. (b) A poisonous plant ({Vincetoxicum officinale}) of the Milkweed family, at one time used in medicine; also called {white swallowwort}. [1913 Webster] {African swallowwort}, a plant of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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