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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. 2018.
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  • Violet and bloodroot, dogwood and purple Judas tree were all bespangled, bespangled with dew.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The saxifrage and bloodroot might, of course, have been seen a week earlier.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • Sanguinaria, the bloodroot, is named from the blood-like color of its juice.

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

    A Round Dozen Susan Coolidge
  • The same season I saw them for the first time working upon the flower of bloodroot and of adder's-tongue.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • The bloodroot has a large round leaf which folds close about the flower-bud until the snow-white blossoms open.

  • After cleansing them, sprinkle with powdered bayberry bark, or bloodroot.

  • The May flowers and bloodroot have gone, the anemonies and bellwort have come and the violets are coming.

    Letters to His Children Theodore Roosevelt
  • 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
  • This particular spot was evidently a sort of natural forcing ground where the columbine was made to bloom with the bloodroot.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
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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