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An American herbaceous plant of the barberry family, which bears a yellow egg-shaped fruit in May. The plant has long been used medicinally.
- ‘Just as the crooked mass of shiny-leafed buttonbush, and even the swamp dwelling mayapple - its umbrella-like leaves shading sweet yellow fruit - need fire's fertilizing hand, so too does the wildlife.’
- ‘I have christened it the ‘Mandrake’ (the name used for the mayapple [Podophyllum peltatum] by various 16 th- and 17 th-century English poets).’
- ‘Farther back, there's furtive jack-in-the-pulpit and mayapple, and along our driveway, wild columbine's whiskered pendants.’
- ‘And there are native wildflowers, such as mayapple, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and foamflower.’
- ‘As I drive away, I see mayapples along the edge of the woods.’
- ‘They might remind you of mayapple or of pachysandra.’
- ‘If the method is adopted, increased demand for the American mayapple may make it a new alternative crop.’
- ‘Violets, wild geranium, mayapple, and blue phlox bloom in April and May.’
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.