bitterroot

noun
bit·​ter·​root | \ ˈbi-tər-ˌrüt How to pronounce bitterroot (audio) , ˈbi-tə-, -ˌru̇t\

Definition of bitterroot

: a succulent herb (Lewisia rediviva) of the purslane family that grows in western North America and has starchy roots and pink or white flowers

First Known Use of bitterroot

1838, in the meaning defined above

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