alpine bistort


See under bistort(def 2).

Definition for alpine bistort (2 of 2)

[ bis-tawrt ]
/ ˈbɪs tɔrt /


Also called snakeweed. a European plant, Polygonum bistorta, of the buckwheat family, having a twisted root, which is sometimes used as an astringent.
any of several related plants, as P. viviparum (alpine bistort).

Origin of bistort

First recorded in 1570–80, bistort is from the Medieval Latin word bistorta twice twisted. See bis1, tort Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for alpine bistort

/ (ˈbɪstɔːt) /


Also called: snakeroot, snakeweed, Easter-ledges a Eurasian polygonaceous plant, Polygonum bistorta, having leaf stipules fused to form a tube around the stem and a spike of small pink flowers
Also called: snakeroot a related plant, Polygonum bistortoides, of W North America, with oval clusters of pink or white flowers
any of several other plants of the genus Polygonum

Word Origin for bistort

C16: from French bistorte, from Latin bis twice + tortus from torquēre to twist
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