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pokeberry

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EtymologyEdit

poke (Phytolacca americana) +‎ berry. The first element, poke, is from Powhatan.[1][2]

NounEdit

pokeberry (plural pokeberries)

  1. Pokeweed (the plant Phytolacca americana or its dark red or purple fruit).
    • 2014, Lewis Carroll, Byron W. Sewell, Victoria J. Sewell, Alice's Adventures in an Appalachian Wonderland, Evertype, ISBN 978-1-78-201-010-4, page 5
      considerin in her mind ... iffen the pleasure o gatherin some pokeberries an drawin dark purple picthures on a flat rock wi em would be worth the trouble...

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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)