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birthroot

[burth-root, -roo t]
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noun
  1. Also called birthwort, purple trillium. a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent.
  2. any of certain other species of trillium.
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Origin of birthroot

First recorded in 1815–25; birth + root1
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  • The very short rootstock and strong terminal bud of a Trillium or Birthroot.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray


British Dictionary definitions for birthroot

birthroot

noun
  1. 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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