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squawroot

[skwaw-root, -roo t]
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noun
  1. a fleshy, leafless plant, Conopholis americana, of the broomrape family, native to eastern North America, having a stout, yellowish, conelike stalk of lipped flowers, and growing in clusters, especially under oaks.
  2. the blue cohosh.See under cohosh.

Origin of squawroot

1805–15; squaw + root1, from its former use by Indians in treating women
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