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redroot

[ red-root, -root ]
/ ˈrɛdˌrut, -ˌrʊt /
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noun

a North American plant, Lachnanthes caroliniana (or L. tinctoria), having sword-shaped leaves, woolly, yellowish flowers, and a root that is red in color.
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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British Dictionary definitions for redroot

redroot
/ (ˈrɛdˌruːt) /

noun

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