- 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.
Origin of goldenseal
Also called or·ange·root [awr-uh nj-root, -roo t, or-] /ˈɔr əndʒˌrut, -ˌrʊt, ˈɒr-/
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Examples 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
- 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