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goldenseal

[gohl-duh n-seel] /ˈgoʊl dənˌsil/
noun
1.
a plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of the buttercup family, having a thick yellow rootstock.
2.
Also called hydrastis. the rhizomes and roots of this plant, formerly used in medicine as an astringent and to inhibit bleeding.
Also called orangeroot [awr-uh nj-root, -roo t, or-] /ˈɔr əndʒˌrut, -ˌrʊt, ˈɒr-/ (Show IPA).
Origin of goldenseal
1830-1840
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; golden + seal1
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  • It has a string of names as long as a princess, but I call it goldenseal, because the roots are yellow.

    The Harvester Gene Stratton Porter
British Dictionary definitions for goldenseal

goldenseal

/ˌɡəʊldənˈsiːl/
noun
1.
a ranunculaceous woodland plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of E North America, whose thick yellow rootstock contains such alkaloids as berberine and hydrastine and was formerly used medicinally
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