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elephant's-foot plant

Definition:

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

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

elephant's-foot plants

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)

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)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/184444​/elephants-foot

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)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/elephant-s-foot

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)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0852940​.html

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)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/elephants-foot

Wikipedia:

Elephantopus

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)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Elephantopus

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)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/herb

Oxford Dictionary:

herb

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)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/herb

Wiktionary:

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)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/herb

Merriam-Webster:

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)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/herb

New World Dictionary:

herb

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)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/herb

Cambridge Dictionary:

herb

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)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/herb

Macmillan British Dictionary:

herb [countable] | herbs [plural]

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

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/herb

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)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617510​/definition​.html  [offline]

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the Free Dictionary:

elephant's-foot

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "elephant's-foot"

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