1. any of certain plants that yield a red dye, as the bloodroot and certain plants belonging to the genus Lithospermum, of the borage family.
  2. the dye itself.

Origin of puccoon

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) poughkone the herb Lithospermum vulgare and the red dye made from its root (cognate with Unami Delaware pé˙kɔ˙n bloodroot)
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British Dictionary definitions for puccoon


  1. Also called: alkanet any of several North American boraginaceous plants of the genus Lithospermum, esp L. canescens, that yield a red dyeSee also gromwell
  2. any of several other plants that yield a reddish dye, esp the bloodroot (red puccoon)
  3. the dye from any of these plants

Word Origin for puccoon

C17: of Algonquian origin; see pokeweed
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