- See under bistort(def 2).
- Also called snakeweed. a European plant, Polygonum bistorta, of the buckwheat family, having a twisted root, which is sometimes used as an astringent.
- any of several related plants, as P. viviparum (alpine bistort).
Origin of bistort
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- Also called: snakeroot, snakeweed, Easter-ledges a Eurasian polygonaceous plant, Polygonum bistorta, having leaf stipules fused to form a tube around the stem and a spike of small pink flowers
- Also called: snakeroot a related plant, Polygonum bistortoides, of W North America, with oval clusters of pink or white flowers
- any of several other plants of the genus Polygonum
C16: from French bistorte, from Latin bis twice + tortus from torquēre to twist
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