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Miscellaneous plants

agave

noun

a plant with leaves with sharp points and flowers on a long stem that grows in the southern part of the US and in Central America

aloe

noun

a plant with thick pointed leaves that contain a lot of liquid

aspidistra

noun

a plant that has large leaves and is grown as a houseplant (=plant grown in a container inside)

bamboo

noun

a tall tropical plant with thick light-brown stems that are used for making things such as furniture and fences

barley

noun

a plant that produces grain used for making food, beer, and whisky

belladonna

noun

a poisonous plant

betel

noun

a plant of Southeast Asia with leaves that people chew

bindweed

noun

a wild plant that grows among other plants and winds itself round them

bluegrass

noun

a type of grass found in parts of North America, especially in the US state of Kentucky

bracken

noun

a plant with leaves like large wide feathers, that grows on hills and in forests. It is a type of fern.

briar

noun

a plant with a hard root that is used for making pipes to smoke tobacco

brier

another spelling of briar

cassava

noun

a tropical plant with roots that can be cooked and eaten or made into flour

catmint

noun

a plant with a strong smell that attracts cats and makes them excited

catnip

noun

catmint

Chinese lantern

noun

a plant that has small orange fruits covered with a thin layer like paper

clover

noun

a small plant with leaves that have three round parts

cotton

noun

a plant grown in warm regions that has white fibres used for making cotton cloth

cress

noun

a small plant with round green leaves that have a strong flavour and are eaten raw in salads or are used for decorating food

dock

noun

a wild plant with large leaves

escarole

noun

a plant with pale green leaves, eaten raw in salads

grapevine

noun

a plant on which grapes grow

grass

noun

a very common plant with thin green leaves that covers the ground. A single piece of grass is called a blade of grass

grass

noun

cannabis in the form of leaves or flowering buds

hemp

noun

a plant with strong stems used for making rope. The drug cannabis is made from some types of hemp.

horseradish

noun

a plant with a long white root that has a strong taste

ivy

noun

a plant that grows up walls or that spreads over a large area. It has shiny dark green leaves with several points.

jute

noun

a plant that produces jute

lichen

noun

a small soft plant that grows on surfaces such as trees and walls

maidenhair

noun

a type of plant with thin delicate leaves

maize

noun

a tall plant that produces yellow seeds that are called sweetcorn when cooked and eaten. The American word is corn.

malt

noun

a grain such as barley that is kept in water until it begins to grow, and then dried. It is used for making beer, whisky, and vinegar.

mustard

noun

a plant whose seeds are used to make mustard

nettle

noun

a tall plant with pointed leaves and small hairs that sting if you touch them

pea

noun

a climbing plant whose seeds are peas

peppermint

noun

a type of mint plant whose leaves are used for producing peppermint

poinsettia

noun

a plant with red, pink, or white leaves that look like flowers

poison ivy

noun

a North American plant that makes your skin red and painful if you touch it

potato

noun

the plant that produces potatoes

prickly pear

noun

a plant that grows in the desert, with a fruit that is covered with sharp needles, or the fruit of this plant

ragweed

noun

a North American plant that produces a lot of pollen

rattan

noun

a plant with long thin stems, used for making wicker furniture

rice

noun

the plant that produces rice, often grown in fields called paddies or paddy fields

rubber plant

noun

a plant with large shiny green leaves that comes from Southeast Asia

rye

noun

a plant that produces grain used for making food or whiskey (=a strong alcoholic drink), and for feeding animals

ryegrass

noun

a type of grass that is used for feeding animals

sesame

noun

a plant that produces seeds and oil used in cooking

shamrock

noun

a small plant with three round green leaves on each stem. The shamrock is the national symbol of Ireland.

sorghum

noun

a plant that produces grain and grows mainly in tropical areas

soya bean

noun

a plant that produces soya beans

spearmint

noun

the plant whose leaves produce this flavour

spider plant

noun

a plant with a lot of long flat narrow leaves with stripes that people sometimes grow in their houses

stinging nettle

noun

a nettle

sugar cane

noun

a tall tropical plant with thick stems that is used for producing sugar

tobacco

noun

the plant that produces leaves that are dried to make tobacco

tumbleweed

noun

a round plant that grows in dry areas and rolls when it is blown by the wind

Venus flytrap

noun

a plant with leaves that open and close to catch insects

vine

noun

the plant on which grapes grow

Virginia creeper

noun

a plant that grows upwards by fixing itself to walls or trees. It has leaves that turn red in the autumn.

wheat

noun

a tall plant that produces grain for making bread and other foods

wheatgrass

noun

a young wheat plant often made into a juice that people drink to be healthy

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