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asclepias


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Asclepias  \As*cle"pi*as\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?,  named  from 
  Asclepios  or  Aesculapius.]  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  plants  including  the  milkweed,  swallowwort,  and 
  some  other  species  having  medicinal  properties. 
 
  {Asclepias  butterfly}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  handsome,  red  and 
  black  butterfly  ({Danais  Archippus}),  found  in  both 
  hemispheres.  It  feeds  on  plants  of  the  genus  Asclepias. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Asclepias 
  n  :  genus  of  chiefly  North  American  perennial  herbs:  silkweed; 
  milkweed  [syn:  {Asclepias},  {genus  Asclepias}] 




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