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[bluhd-root, -roo t] /ˈblʌdˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
a North American plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, of the poppy family, having a red root and root sap and a solitary white flower.
Also called red puccoon.
Origin of bloodroot
First recorded in 1570-80; blood + root1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After cleansing them, sprinkle with powdered bayberry bark, or bloodroot.

  • Violet and bloodroot, dogwood and purple Judas tree were all bespangled, bespangled with dew.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • bloodroot is a perennial and belongs to the same family as the opium poppy, the Papaveraceae.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • The saxifrage and bloodroot might, of course, have been seen a week earlier.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • We look for bloodroot and hepatica to follow arbutus, and yet I have on occasion found bluets several weeks in advance of these.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The bloodroot has a large round leaf which folds close about the flower-bud until the snow-white blossoms open.

  • "All right," responded the bloodroot, with his fingers on the wire.

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
  • The May flowers and bloodroot have gone, the anemonies and bellwort have come and the violets are coming.

    Letters to His Children Theodore Roosevelt
  • bloodroot and hepatica are like the dewdrops of early morning which disappear before the sun.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • She learned the uses and prices of the plant, and also made drawings of cohosh, moonseed and bloodroot.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for bloodroot


Also called red puccoon. a North American papaveraceous plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, having a single whitish flower and a fleshy red root that yields a red dye
another name for tormentil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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