bloodroot


blood·root

noun \-ˌrüt, -ˌrt\

Definition of BLOODROOT

:  a plant (Sanguinaria canadensis) of the poppy family having a red root and sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring —called also sanguinaria

First Known Use of BLOODROOT

1722

blood·root

noun \-ˌrüt, -ˌrt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BLOODROOT

: an herb (Sanguinaria canadensis) of the poppy family that has red sap and has a rootstock and roots used as an emetic and expectorant

bloodroot

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)—Walter Chandoha

Plant (Sanguinaria canadensis) of the poppy family (Papaveraceae), native throughout eastern and midwestern North America, growing mainly in deciduous woodlands and blooming in early spring. The white, cup-shaped flower with bright yellow stamens in the centre is borne on a reddish stalk. Large, veiny, half-opened leaves on red stalks enfold the flower stem and, after the flower has bloomed, open into multilobed, round, blue-green leaves. The orange-red sap, once used by American Indians for dye, is found in the rhizomes, as is the medical alkaloid sanguinarine. The species, particularly the variety S. canadensis forma multiplex ‘Plena,' which has showy double flowers, is an interesting plant for the wild garden.

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