Definition of Skunk cabbage
1. Noun. Deciduous perennial low-growing fetid swamp plant of eastern North America having minute flowers enclosed in a mottled greenish or purple cowl-shaped spathe.
Group relationships: Genus Symplocarpus, Symplocarpus
Generic synonyms: Bog Plant, Marsh Plant, Swamp Plant
2. Noun. Clump-forming deciduous perennial swamp plant of western North America similar to Symplocarpus foetidus but having a yellow spathe.
Definition of Skunk cabbage
1. Noun. ''Symplocarpus foetidus'', a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of eastern North America. ¹
2. Noun. ''Lysichiton americanus'', a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of western North America. ¹
3. Noun. ''Lysichiton camtschatcense'', a low-growing plant native to the wetlands of eastern Asia. ¹
¹ Source: wiktionary.com
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Literary usage of Skunk cabbage
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1. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"skunk cabbage has long been known as Symplocarpus, but this name must give way to the ... The presence of the rank foliage of skunk cabbage is generally ..."
2. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1876)
"It is a very cleanly animal, and never allows its own SKUNK' CABBAGE, a plant the peculiar ... The skunk cabbage is one of our very earliest spring flowers, ..."
3. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"skunk cabbage. Description.—Flowers perfect, thickly crowded upon a globular, ... skunk cabbage has been used chiefly in spasmodic affections, ..."
4. Encyclopaedia Americana: A Popular Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature by Francis Lieber, Thomas Gamaliel Bradford (1832)
"... perceptible diminution in intensity. Washing, smoking, baking, burying, in short, every process seems to he ineffectual for its removal. SKUNK-CABBAGE ..."
5. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1917)
"skunk cabbage. A hardy swamp- loving perennial herb which pushes up its hooded spathes ... Just when the skunk cabbage flowers is a matter of some debate; ..."
6. How to Know the Wild Flowers: A Guide to the Names, Haunts, and Habits of by Frances Theodora Parsons (1895)
"But not so with the skunk cabbage. Its withered leaves fall and are transfixed ... Is it a lie or a vain boast underneath the skunk-cabbage bud pushing it ..."