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Noun: jack-in-the-pulpit  'ja-kin dhu'pûl-pit
  1. Common American spring-flowering woodland herb having sheathing leaves and an upright club-shaped spadix with overarching green and purple spathe producing scarlet berries
    - Indian turnip, wake-robin, Arisaema triphyllum, Arisaema atrorubens
  2. Common European arum with lanceolate spathe and short purple spadix; emerges in early spring; source of a starch called arum
    - cuckoopint, lords-and-ladies, Arum maculatum

Derived forms: jack-in-the-pulpits

Type of: aroid, arum

Part of: Arisaema, genus Arisaema, genus Arum

Encyclopedia: Jack-in-the-pulpit