colicroot

[ kol-ik-root, -roo t ]
/ ˈkɒl ɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt /
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noun

either of two North American plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, of the lily family, having small yellow or white flowers in a spikelike cluster and a root reputed to relieve colic.
any of certain other plants having roots reputed to cure colic.
the blazing star, Liatris squarrosa.

Origin of colicroot

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; colic + root1
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colicroot

/ (ˈkɒlɪkˌruːt) /

noun

either of two North American liliaceous plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, having tubular white or yellow flowers and a bitter root formerly used to relieve colic
any of various other plants formerly used to relieve colic
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