locoweed

(loco [lóko] [see above])
   Missouri: 1844. Any of several poisonous leguminous plants that cause a sort of distemper in cattle known as loco (disease). The DARE notes that the two most common plants of this name are the milk vetch (a plant of the genus Astragalus), and Oxytropis lambertii.
   Also called loco, loco grass, loco plant, loco vetch. Santamaría references loco as a plant commonly called acacia in Mexico. However, he notes that this plant belongs to the genus Robinia, while English sources indicate that most plants known as locoweed are of the genera Oxytropis and Astragalus.

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  • locoweed — ☆ locoweed [lō′kō wēd΄ ] n. any of several perennial plants (genera Astragalus and Oxytropis) of the pea family, which are common in W North America and cause the loco disease of cattle, sheep, and, esp., horses …   English World dictionary

  • Locoweed — For other uses, see Locoweed (disambiguation). Locoweed (also crazyweed and loco) is a common name in North America for any plant that produces swainsonine, a phytotoxin harmful to livestock. Worldwide, swainsonine is produced by a small number… …   Wikipedia

  • locoweed — /loh koh weed /, n. any of various leguminous plants of the genera Astragalus and Oxytropis, of the southwestern U.S. and Mexico, causing locoism in sheep, horses, etc. [1875 80, Amer.; LOCO + WEED1] * * * Any of several species of poisonous… …   Universalium

  • locoweed — noun 1. any of several leguminous plants of western North America causing locoism in livestock • Syn: ↑crazyweed, ↑crazy weed • Hypernyms: ↑legume, ↑leguminous plant • Hyponyms: ↑purple locoweed, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • locoweed — noun Date: 1879 any of several leguminous plants (genera Astragalus and Oxytropis) of western North America that cause locoism especially in livestock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • locoweed — noun Any of several plants indigenous to the western United States, of genus Oxytropis or Astragalus, are toxic to cattle and the symptoms of poisoning include nervous problems …   Wiktionary

  • locoweed — lo·co·weed lō (.)kō .wēd n any of several leguminous plants (genera Astragalus and Oxytropis) of western No. America that cause locoism in livestock * * * lo·co·weed (loґko wēd) [Sp. loco insane] any of numerous leguminous plants that grow… …   Medical dictionary

  • locoweed — lo|co|weed [ˈləukəuwi:d US ˈloukou ] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: loco + weed] a plant that grows in America and makes animals ill if they eat it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • locoweed — n. leguminous plant which grows in the western and southwestern United States …   English contemporary dictionary

  • locoweed — noun N. Amer. a plant which can cause a brain disorder if eaten by livestock. [Genera Astragalus and Oxytropis.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • locoweed — noun (C) a plant that grows in America and makes animals ill if they eat it …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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