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[red-root, -roo t]
  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.
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Origin of redroot

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; red1 + root1
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Examples from the Web for redroot

Historical Examples of redroot

  • It does indeed look like a kind of forethought in the redroot.

    A Year in the Fields

    John Burroughs

  • He notes merely the white blossoms of the redroot peeping through the withered leaves, and the buds of the buckeye.

    The Kentucky Warbler

    James Lane Allen

  • Old lady Field she make medicine with snakeroot and larkspur and marshroot and redroot.

British Dictionary definitions for redroot


  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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