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redroot

[red-root, -roo t]
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noun
  1. a North American plant, Lachnanthes caroliniana (or L. tinctoria), having sword-shaped leaves, woolly, yellowish flowers, and a root that is red in color.
  2. any of various other plants having red roots, as the alkanet, Alkanna tinctoria, pigweed, Amaranthus retroflexus, and New Jersey tea, Ceanothus americanus.

Origin of redroot

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; red1 + root1
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Examples from the Web for redroot

Historical Examples

  • It does indeed look like a kind of forethought in the redroot.

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

  • He notes merely the white blossoms of the redroot peeping through the withered leaves, and the buds of the buckeye.

    The Kentucky Warbler

    James Lane Allen

  • Old lady Field she make medicine with snakeroot and larkspur and marshroot and redroot.


British Dictionary definitions for redroot

redroot

noun
  1. a bog plant, Lachnanthes tinctoria, of E North America, having woolly yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye: family Haemodoraceae
  2. another name for pigweed (def. 1)
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