[bluhd-root, -roo t]


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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bloodroot

Historical Examples of bloodroot

  • Violet and bloodroot, dogwood and purple Judas tree were all bespangled, bespangled with dew.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • The saxifrage and bloodroot might, of course, have been seen a week earlier.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • Sanguinaria, the Bloodroot, is named from the blood-like color of its juice.

  • "All right," responded the bloodroot, with his fingers on the wire.

    A Round Dozen

    Susan Coolidge

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bloodroot



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
another name for tormentil
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