[ bluhd-root, -root ]

  1. a North American plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, of the poppy family, having a red root and root sap and a solitary white flower.

Origin of bloodroot

First recorded in 1570–80; blood + root1
  • Also called red puccoon .

Words Nearby bloodroot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bloodroot in a sentence

  • "bloodroot," said Hale, and he scratched the stem and forth issued scarlet drops.

  • The same season I saw them for the first time working upon the flower of bloodroot and of adder's-tongue.

    A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
  • The atamasco lily seems to be perfectly at home in the garden and so does the bloodroot.

  • Early in April there is one hillside near us which glows like a tender flame with the white of the bloodroot.

    Theodore Roosevelt | Theodore Roosevelt
  • Whenever any fungous excrescence makes its appearance between the claws, apply powdered bloodroot or burnt alum.

British Dictionary definitions for bloodroot


/ (ˈblʌdˌruːt) /

  1. Also called: red puccoon a North American papaveraceous plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, having a single whitish flower and a fleshy red root that yields a red dye

  2. another name for tormentil

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