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 ).
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How to use bistort in a sentence
Ser′pent-fish, the snake-fish; Ser′pent-grass, the alpine bistort.
The roots of bistort and tormentil, and bark of pomegranate, equal parts.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II | Arnold Cooley
From the dried root of bistort or snake-weed (Polygonum Bistorta), by percolation with temperate distilled water.
bistort makes pink islands amid hay grass that waits the scythe.Lancashire | Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
Viviparous bistort (Polygonum viviparum) grew hereabouts two spans in height.Lachesis Lapponica | Carl von Linn
British Dictionary definitions for bistort
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
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