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bitterroot

or bit·ter root

[bit-er-root, -roo t]
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noun
  1. a plant, Lewisia rediviva, of the purslane family, having pink flowers and fleshy roots that are edible when young: the state flower of Montana.

Origin of bitterroot

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; bitter + root1
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Examples from the Web for bitterroot

Historical Examples

  • This took place in the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho, in 1902.

    Wild Animals at Home

    Ernest Thompson Seton

  • I have examined a number of mice from the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana and the color value for 12 adults is 2.7.

  • Bitterroot was dug on prairie hills, wild potatoes were found in the foothills, and the wild onion grew in the valley floors.

  • The average of all the specimens from the Bitterroot Valley is a little nearer oribasus.

    American Weasels

    E. Raymond Hall