goldenseal

[ gohl-duhn-seel ]
/ ˈgoʊl dənˌsil /

noun

a plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of the buttercup family, having a thick yellow rootstock.
Also called hydrastis . the rhizomes and roots of this plant, formerly used in medicine as an astringent and to inhibit bleeding.

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Origin of goldenseal

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; golden + seal1
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Example sentences from the Web for goldenseal

  • It has a string of names as long as a princess, but I call it goldenseal, because the roots are yellow.

    The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter

British Dictionary definitions for goldenseal

goldenseal
/ (ˌɡəʊldənˈsiːl) /

noun

a ranunculaceous woodland plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of E North America, whose thick yellow rootstock contains such alkaloids as berberine and hydrastine and was formerly used medicinally
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