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bitterroot

or bit·ter root

[ bit-er-root, -root ]

noun

  1. a plant, Lewisia rediviva, of the purslane family, having pink flowers and fleshy roots root that are edible when young: the state flower of Montana.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bitterroot1

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; bitter + root 1

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Example Sentences

Bitterroot was dug on prairie hills, wild potatoes were found in the foothills, and the wild onion grew in the valley floors.

I have examined a number of mice from the Bitterroot Valley in western Montana and the color value for 12 adults is 2.7.

The average of all the specimens from the Bitterroot Valley is a little nearer oribasus.

This took place in the Bitterroot Mountains in Idaho, in 1902.

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