One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American climbing plant with crescent-shaped seeds.
Genus Menispermum, family Menispermaceae: several species, in particular Canada moonseed (M. canadense)
- ‘First I thought the stem was covered with moonseeds.’
- ‘While foraging for wild grapes one should examine the seeds of the fruit closely to make sure one is not eating moonseeds: moonseeds are crescent, in shape, while grapes have circular seeds.’
- ‘The lives of larval clippers greatly depend upon their meal choices and they prefer to eat the leaves of passion vines and moonseeds.’
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