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colicroot

[kol-ik-root, -roo t] /ˈkɒl ɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
either of two North American plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, of the lily family, having small yellow or white flowers in a spikelike cluster and a root reputed to relieve colic.
2.
any of certain other plants having roots reputed to cure colic.
3.
the blazing star, Liatris squarrosa.
Origin of colicroot
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; colic + root1
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colicroot

/ˈkɒlɪkˌruːt/
noun
1.
either of two North American liliaceous plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, having tubular white or yellow flowers and a bitter root formerly used to relieve colic
2.
any of various other plants formerly used to relieve colic
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