pinkroot

[ pingk-root, -root ]
/ ˈpɪŋkˌrut, -ˌrʊt /

noun

the root of any of various plants belonging to the genus Spigelia, of the logania family, especially that of S. marilandica of the U.S., that is used as a vermifuge.
any of these plants.

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Origin of pinkroot

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; pink1 + root1

Definition for pinkroot (2 of 2)

pink root

noun Plant Pathology.

a disease of onions and other plants, characterized by pink, withered roots, caused by a fungus, Pyrenochaeta terrestris.
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British Dictionary definitions for pinkroot

pinkroot
/ (ˈpɪŋkˌruːt) /

noun

any of several loganiaceous plants of the genus Spigelia, esp S. marilandica, of the southeastern US, having red-and-yellow flowers and pink roots
the powdered root of this plant, used as a vermifuge
a fungal disease of onions and related plants resulting in stunted growth and shrivelled pink roots
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