the root of a tall plant, Veronicastrum virginicum, of the figwort family, having spikelike clusters of small, white, tubular flowers, used in medicine as a cathartic and emetic.
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Origin of Culver's root
1710–20, Americanism; named after Dr. Culver, 17th–18th-century American physician
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a tall North American scrophulariaceous plant, Veronicastrum virginicum, having spikes of small white or purple flowers
the dried roots of this plant, formerly used as a cathartic and emetic
Word Origin for Culver's root
C19: named after a Dr Culver, 18th-century American physician
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