Definition of cow parsnip in English:

cow parsnip

Pronunciation /kou ˈpärsnəp/ /kaʊ ˈpɑrsnəp/


  • A very large, bad-smelling hogweed. Cow parsnips prefer moist ground and can reach a height of 10 feet (3 m).

    Heracleum maximum, family Umbelliferae

    ‘Other related plants include celery and cow parsnip, a native plant resembling the giant hogweed.’
    • ‘Poison oak, false Solomon seal, cow parsnip, and miner's lettuce were found infrequently.’
    • ‘In summer, the huge, foot-wide leaves of cow parsnip line the roadside in several places.’