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elephant's-foot plant


any plant of the genus Elephantopus having heads of blue or purple flowers; of America


plant noun (plants and fungi)


elephant's-foot plants

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Princeton WordNet

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

elephant's-foot [plant] | hottentot bread [synonym]

an odd-looking twining plant of the yam family, characterized by a large, woody, and partially exposed tuber. It's native to semiarid areas in ... (23 of 107 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

elephant's-foot | elephant foot | Testudinaria elephantipes [species]

a monocotyledonous plantof southern Africa, with a very large starchy tuberous stem, covered in corky scales: family "Dioscoreaceae" (18 of 258 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

yam | Hottentot bread | cinnamon vine | elephant's-foot

common name for some members of the Dioscoreaceae, a family of tropical and subtropical climbing herbs or shrubs with starchy rhizomes often ... (22 of 177 words)


Random House Dictionary:

elephant's-foot | elephant's-foots [plural] | Hottentot's bread [synonym] | tortoise plant [synonym] | Dioscorea elephantipes [species]

a climbing vine of southern Africa, having a massive, edible, yamlike tuber. (12 of 28 words, pronunciation)




a genus of at least twelve species of perennials in the daisy family. Several species are native to the southeastern United States, and at least one is native to India and the Himalayas. E. scaber is a traditional medicine and other species, including... (43 of 307 words, 2 images)


American Heritage Dictionary:

herb | herby [adjective, related]

A plant whose stem does not produce woody, persistent tissue and generally dies back at the end of each growing season. | Any of various often ... (25 of 254 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Oxford Dictionary:


any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavouring, food, medicine, or perfume | [botany] : any seed-bearing plant which does not have a ... (24 of 113 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)



herb | herbs [plural] | felwort [botany, European] | felworts [botany, European, plural] | Swertia perennis [botany, European, species] | grass [synonym, sense-specific] | weed [synonym, sense-specific] | seasoning [subtype, sense-specific] | Marijuana [synonym, sense-specific]

Any green, leafy plant, or parts thereof, used to flavor or season food. | Plant whose roots, leaves or seeds, etc. are used in medicine. | [slang, euphemism] Marijuana. | [botany] A plant whose stem is not woody and does not persist beyond each... (41 of 105 words, 4 definitions, pronunciations)



herb [often attributive] | herblike [adjective, related] | herby [adjective, related]

a seed-producing annual, biennial, or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season | a plant ... (25 of 102 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)


New World Dictionary:


any seed plant whose stem withers away to the ground after each season's ... | any plant used as a medicine, seasoning, or flavoring: mint, thyme, ... (25 of 72 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


a type of plant whose leaves are used in cooking to give flavour to particular dishes, or which are used in making medicine (23 of 48 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

herb [countable] | herbs [plural]

a plant used for adding flavour to food or as a medicine (12 of 38 words, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

herb | herbs [plural]

a low-growing aromatic plant used fresh or dried for seasoning, for its medicinal properties, or in perfumes. Sage and rosemary are herbs. | a ... (23 of 78 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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