Definition of Dogbane

1. Noun. Any of several poisonous perennial plants of the genus Apocynum having acrid milky juice and bell-shaped white or pink flowers and a very bitter root.

Definition of Dogbane

1. n. A small genus of perennial herbaceous plants, with poisonous milky juice, bearing slender pods pods in pairs.

Definition of Dogbane

1. Noun. (botany) Any species of genus Apocynum, eponymous of the dogbane family Apocynaceae ¹

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Definition of Dogbane

1. a perennial herb [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dogbane

1. A small genus of perennial herbaceous plants, with poisonous milky juice, bearing slender pods pods in pairs. Origin: Said to be poisonous to dogs. Cf. Apocynaceous. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dogbane

dog unit
dog violet
dog watch
dog watches
dog whelk
dog whistle
dog whistle politics
dog wrench
dog year
dog years
dogbane (current term)
dogbane family

Literary usage of Dogbane

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Appletons' Popular Science Monthly by William Jay Youmans (1896)
"... drew our forefathers in crowds to the badger-drawings and bear-baitings of bygone times. One of these flower tormentors is the spreading dogbane (Apo- ..."

2. Outlines of Lessons in Botany: For the Use of Teachers, Or Mothers Studying by Jane Hancox Newell (1892)
"An interesting family to compare with the Milkweeds is the dogbane family ... The Spreading dogbane flowers in June and July, and is quite common on the ..."

3. Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan, Asa Don Dickinson (1917)
"dogbane FAMILY (Apocynaceae') Spreading dogbane; Fly-trap dogbane; Honey-bloom; Bitter-root Apocynum androsaemifolium Flowers—Delicate pink, veined with a ..."

4. Southern Wild Flowers and Trees: Together with Shrubs, Vines and Various by Alice Lounsberry (1901)
"FAMILY COLOUR ODOUR RANGE TIME OF BLOOM dogbane. Blut. Scentless. Florida lo Louisiana April-July. and Pennsylvania. ..."

5. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord. Britton, Hon. Addison. Brown (1913)
"Native of Europe and Asia. May-July. Naturalized in ponds, District of Columbia. Family 17. APOCYNACEAE Lindi. Nat. Syst. Ed. 2, 299. 1836. dogbane FAMILY. ..."

6. Flora of the Southern United States: Containing an Abridged Description of by Alvan Wentworth Chapman (1897)
"... (dogbane FAMILY.) Herbs or shrubs, with acrid milky juice, mostly opposite entire ex- stipulate leaves, and regular cymose or panicled flowers. ..."

7. Rubber-content of North American Plants by Harvey Monroe Hall, Frances Louise Long (1921)
"... (SPREADING dogbane). Description (of A. cannabinum).—Plant an erect perennial herb, 3 to 6 feet high; roots connected by horizontal creeping rootstocks, ..."

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