[red-root, -roo t]
- a North American plant, Lachnanthes caroliniana (or L. tinctoria), having sword-shaped leaves, woolly, yellowish flowers, and a root that is red in color.
- 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
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It does indeed look like a kind of forethought in the redroot.A Year in the Fields
He notes merely the white blossoms of the redroot peeping through the withered leaves, and the buds of the buckeye.The Kentucky Warbler
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Old lady Field she make medicine with snakeroot and larkspur and marshroot and redroot.Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves
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- a bog plant, Lachnanthes tinctoria, of E North America, having woolly yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye: family Haemodoraceae
- another name for pigweed (def. 1)
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