[ puh-koon ]
/ pəˈkun /
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any of certain plants that yield a red dye, as the bloodroot and certain plants belonging to the genus Lithospermum, of the borage family.
the dye itself.
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Origin of puccoon
First recorded in 1605–15, Americanism; from Virginia Algonquian (English 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
/ (pəˈkuːn) /
Also called: alkanet any of several North American boraginaceous plants of the genus Lithospermum, esp L. canescens, that yield a red dyeSee also gromwell
any of several other plants that yield a reddish dye, esp the bloodroot (red puccoon)
the dye from any of these plants
Word Origin for puccoon
C17: of Algonquian origin; see pokeweed
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