pleurisy root


noun

a North American milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa, whose root was used as a remedy for pleurisy.
the root.

Origin of pleurisy root

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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British Dictionary definitions for pleurisy root

pleurisy root

noun

the root of the butterfly weed, formerly used as a cure for pleurisy
another name for butterfly weed

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