bitterroot

noun

bit·​ter·​root ˈbi-tər-ˌrüt How to pronounce bitterroot (audio)
ˈbi-tə-,
-ˌru̇t
: a succulent herb (Lewisia rediviva) of the purslane family that grows in western North America and has starchy roots and pink or white flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web The bitterroot is Montana's state flower. Olivia Munson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bitterroot was in 1838

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“Bitterroot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bitterroot. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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