birthroot

[burth-root, -roo t]
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. birthnight,
  2. birthplace,
  3. birthrate,
  4. birthright,
  5. birthright citizenship,
  6. birthstone,
  7. birthstool,
  8. birthweight,
  9. birthwort,
  10. birthwort family

Origin of birthroot

First recorded in 1815–25; birth + root1

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British Dictionary definitions for birthroot

birthroot

noun

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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