redroot

[red-root, -roo t]
noun
  1. a North American plant, Lachnanthes caroliniana (or L. tinctoria), having sword-shaped leaves, woolly, yellowish flowers, and a root that is red in color.
  2. any of various other plants having red roots, as the alkanet, Alkanna tinctoria, pigweed, Amaranthus retroflexus, and New Jersey tea, Ceanothus americanus.

Origin of redroot

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; red1 + root1
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British Dictionary definitions for redroot

redroot

noun
  1. a bog plant, Lachnanthes tinctoria, of E North America, having woolly yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye: family Haemodoraceae
  2. another name for pigweed (def. 1)
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