Definition of Moonseed

1. Noun. Plant of the family Menispermaceae having red or black fruit with crescent- or ring-shaped seeds.


Definition of Moonseed

1. n. A climbing plant of the genus Menispermum; -- so called from the crescentlike form of the seeds.

Definition of Moonseed

1. Noun. (botany) A twining plant of the genus Menispermum, eponymous of the Menispermae or moonseed family ¹

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Definition of Moonseed

1. a climbing plant [n -S]

Medical Definition of Moonseed

1. A climbing plant of the genus Menispermum; so called from the crescentlike form of the seeds. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Moonseed

moonrakers
moonrat
moonrats
moonrise
moonrises
moonrock
moonrocks
moonroof
moonroofs
moonrunes
moons
moonsail
moonsails
moonscape
moonscapes
moonseed family
moonseeds
moonset
moonsets
moonshee
moonshees
moonshell
moonshine
moonshined
moonshiner
moonshiner's turn
moonshiner U
moonshiners
moonshiners' turns

Literary usage of Moonseed

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1. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"—moonseed. Menispermum Canadense Linne.—Canadian moonseed ... In addition to its common name of moonseed, it also bears that of yellow sarsaparilla, ..."

2. The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (1890)
"moonseed Family. MENISPERMUM, L. moonseed. 81. M. CANADENSE, L. (Canada moonseed.) River banks and along streams, generally in woods or thickets. July— 2. ..."

3. The Elements of Botany for Beginners and for Schools by Asa Gray (1887)
"... moonseed (Greek: moon, seed.) Stamens as long as sepals ; anthers 4-celled ; drupe globular, with a crescent or ring-like wrinkled stone ; flowers in ..."

4. Field, Forest, and Garden Botany, a Simple Introduction to the Common Plants by Asa Gray (1880)
"MENISPERMUM, moonseed. (Name from the shape of the stone of the fruit. ... CANADIAN moonseed. Almost smooth ; leaves peltate near the edge ; flowers white, ..."

5. A Practical Course in Botany: With Especial Reference to Its Bearings on by Eliza Frances Andrews (1911)
"A mosaic of moonseed leaves, showing adjustment for light exposure. (from Mo. Botanical Garden Rep't. ..."

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