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Asclepias Explained

Asclepias at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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.

Asclepias at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n : genus of chiefly North American perennial herbs: silkweed;
milkweed [syn: {genus Asclepias}]