noun, plural: pokeweeds
A tall plant native to North America, with a poisonous taproot, green or red stem, broad simple leaves, white flowers, and juicy purple to black berries.
The root and seeds of the plant are poisonous. It is considered as a plant pest by some farmers. Nonetheless, it is being used in medicine for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. It is also used in immunological studies for its mitogenic effects.
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