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toothwort

[ tooth-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈtuθˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
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noun

a European plant, Lathraea squamaria, of the broomrape family, having a rootstock covered with toothlike scales.
Also called pepperroot. any of several plants belonging to the genus Dentaria, of the mustard family, having toothlike projections upon the creeping rootstock.

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Origin of toothwort

First recorded in 1590–1600; tooth + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for toothwort

toothwort
/ (ˈtuːθˌwɜːt) /

noun

a parasitic European scrophulariaceous plant, Lathraea squamaria, having no green parts, scaly cream or pink stems, pinkish flowers, and a rhizome covered with toothlike scales
any North American or Eurasian plant of the genus Dentaria, having creeping rhizomes covered with toothlike projections: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)See also crinkleroot
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