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pocan

EnglishEdit

ripe pocan berries

EtymologyEdit

From Powhatan pocan[1] / poughkone.[2] Pocan thus forms a doublet with puccoon.

NounEdit

pocan (uncountable)

  1. (botany) The poke, Phytolacca americana (formerly Phytolacca decandra).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Charles L. Cutler, O Brave New Words!: Native American Loanwords in Current English (ISBN 0806132469, 2000)
  2. ^ Oxford Dictionary of English (ISBN 0199571120)