<botany> A genus of plants including the milkweed, swallowwort, and some other species having medicinal properties.

<zoology> Asclepias butterfly, a large, handsome, red and black butterfly (Danais Archippus), found in both hemispheres. It feeds on plants of the genus Asclepias.

Origin: L, fr. Gr, named from Asclepios or Aesculapius.

(01 Mar 1998)