[gohl-duh n-seel]


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

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; golden + seal1
Also called or·ange·root [awr-uh nj-root, -roo t, or-] /ˈɔr əndʒˌrut, -ˌrʊt, ˈɒr-/ Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for goldenseal

Historical Examples of 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



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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