- a European plant, Lathraea squamaria, of the broomrape family, having a rootstock covered with toothlike scales.
- Also called pepperroot. any of several plants belonging to the genus Dentaria, of the mustard family, having toothlike projections upon the creeping rootstock.
Origin of toothwort
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The botanists call it the toothwort (Dentaria), also pepper-root.A Year in the Fields
The roots are of singular form, almost like human teeth, arranged as scales, whence the name Toothwort.
The Toothwort (Lathraea) is so called because its scales have a sort of resemblance to human teeth.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
Parasitic on the roots of the hazel is found the curious leafless Lathraea Squamaria or toothwort.
- a parasitic European scrophulariaceous plant, Lathraea squamaria, having no green parts, scaly cream or pink stems, pinkish flowers, and a rhizome covered with toothlike scales
- any North American or Eurasian plant of the genus Dentaria, having creeping rhizomes covered with toothlike projections: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)See also crinkleroot
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