Definition of meadow parsnip in English:

meadow parsnip

noun

  • 1Any of several North American plants constituting the genus Thaspium (family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)), with trifoliate leaves and chiefly yellow flowers.

  • 2US (more fully "golden meadow parsnip"), golden alexanders, Zizia aurea.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in William Turner (d. 1568), naturalist and religious controversialist.