[pingk-root, -roo t]
- 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.
Origin of pinkroot
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All the above preparations of pinkroot are regarded as powerful and certain anthelmintics; particularly the last two.
Pinkroot has a pleasant, aromatic odor, and the taste is described as sweetish, bitter and pungent.
Collection, Prices and Uses — Pinkroot is collected after the flowering period.
Pinkroot was long known by the Indians, and its properties were made known to physicians by them.
- 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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