Definition of water parsnip in English:

water parsnip

Pronunciation /ˈwôdər/ /ˈwɔdər/ /ˈwädər ˈpärsnəp/ /ˈwɑdər ˈpɑrsnəp/

noun

  • A tall plant of the parsley family which lives in or near water.

    Sium latifolium and Berula erecta, family Umbelliferae

    ‘Management guidance for greater water parsnip tends to be the same as good fen management practice.’
    • ‘At maturity, poison hemlock can be difficult to distinguish from water parsnip and water hemlock.’
    • ‘Its broad leaves and unpleasant odor, compared to the finely divided leaves and smaller umbels of water hemlock and water parsnip distinguish cow parsnip.’
    • ‘From the walks he has learned new information about what bears eat - for instance, a heavy diet of herbs from wetlands in the spring such as water plantain, sarsaparilla, jack-in-the-pulpit, ferns, thistles, cattails and water parsnips; berries and ants in the summer; berries and nuts in the autumn.’
    • ‘Emergent plants such as cattails, pickerel weed, swamp candle and rooted floating plants such as yellow and white water-lilies and water parsnips were identified.’