- the dried rhizome and roots of wild ginger that yield an acrid resin and a volatile, aromatic oil, used chiefly as a flavoring.
Origin of asarum
< Latin < Greek ásaron hazelwort, wild spikenard
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True ginger must not be confounded with "wild ginger," which is a small herbaceous plant (Asarum canadense) of the United States.
The long, slender rhizomes of Asarum have a pungent, aromatic taste similar to ginger.
It also feeds upon wild ginger or Asarum and probably upon other plants.Butterflies Worth Knowing
Clarence M. Weed
- the dried strong-scented root of the wild ginger plant: a flavouring agent and source of an aromatic oil used in perfumery, formerly used in medicine
C19: via New Latin from Latin: hazelwort, from Greek asaron
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