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wild ginger

any of various plants belonging to the genus Asarum, of the birthwort family, especially A. canadense, a woodland plant of eastern North America, having two heart-shaped leaves, a solitary reddish-brown flower, and a pungent rhizome.
Origin of wild ginger
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This resembles the wild ginger of the East, but is handsomer.

  • But the wild ginger reverses the rule, and blooms in secret.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • wild ginger root is used in preserves and for confectionery.

  • "Mine is wild ginger, I'm almost sure," exclaimed Ethel Brown.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • Why does the wild ginger hide its blossom when nearly all other plants flaunt theirs?

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • Two years later, and for the last time, Koolau crawled into a thicket and lay down among the ti-leaves and wild ginger blossoms.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • Another of our common wild flowers, which I always look at with an interrogation-point in my mind, is the wild ginger.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Moreover, there are certain mountain roots, such as wild ginger, that have a market value.

    Negritos of Zambales William Allan Reed
  • True ginger must not be confounded with "wild ginger," which is a small herbaceous plant (Asarum canadense) of the United States.

  • wild ginger was another root formerly much dug; also to less extent "golden-seal" and "bloodroot."

British Dictionary definitions for wild ginger

wild ginger

a North American plant, Asarum canadense, having a solitary brownish flower and an aromatic root: family Aristolochiaceae See also asarabacca, asarum
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