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[gohld-thred] /ˈgoʊldˌθrɛd/
a white-flowered plant, Coptis trifolia, of the buttercup family, having a slender, yellow root that is sometimes used as a tonic.
Origin of goldthread
An Americanism dating back to 1770-80; gold + thread Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Description of Root — goldthread has a long, slender, creeping root, which is much branched and frequently matted.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • What could be more unassuming than goldthread and wood-sorrel?

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • I'm goin' into the pines arter some goldthread an' sarsaparil'.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown
  • goldthread was official in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1880.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • It is also applied to the stalk or petiole of a carpel, in the rare cases when there is any, as in goldthread.

  • Story-'n'-a-half house, a good sullar, an' woods nigh-by full o' sarsaparilla an' goldthread!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • The roots of goldthread, running not far beneath the surface of the ground, are indeed like so many tangled threads of gold.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
British Dictionary definitions for goldthread


a North American woodland ranunculaceous plant, Coptis trifolia (or C. groenlandica), with slender yellow roots
the root of this plant, which yields a medicinal tonic and a dye
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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