bitterroot

or bit·ter root

[ bit-er-root, -root ]
/ ˈbɪt ərˌrut, -ˌrʊt /

noun

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

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Origin of bitterroot

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; bitter + root1
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