[ burth-root, -roo t ]
/ ˈbɜrθˌrut, -ˌrʊt /


Also called birthwort, purple trillium. a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent.
any of certain other species of trillium.

Origin of birthroot

First recorded in 1815–25; birth + root1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for birthroot

/ (ˈbɜːθˌruːt) /


any of several North American plants of the genus Trillium, esp T. erectum, whose tuber-like roots were formerly used by the Native Americans as an aid in childbirth: family Trilliaceae
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