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pinkroot

[ pingk-root, -root ]

noun

  1. 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.
  2. any of these plants.


pinkroot

/ ˈpɪŋkˌruːt /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of pinkroot1

An Americanism dating back to 1755–65; pink 1 + root 1
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Example Sentences

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.

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