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POKEWEED POKEBERRY (from the American...

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 899 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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POKEWEED POKEBERRY (from the American-Indian pecan, applied to any plant yielding a red or yellow dye), in botany, the popular name of Phytolacca decandra, a strong-smelling perennial herb, a native of North America, with ovate-lanceolate sharp-pointed leaves, racemes of small greenish-white flowers and flattish berries nearly 'z in. in diameter, which contain a crimson juice. The young asparagus-like shoots are sometimes used as a pot-herb, but the roots are poisonous. The plant is often cultivated in Europe, and has become naturalized in the Mediterranean region.
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