blood·​root | \ ˈbləd-ˌrüt How to pronounce bloodroot (audio) , -ˌru̇t \

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

Examples of bloodroot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Early spring native flowers such as bloodroot, wild geranium, Virginia bluebells and shooting star are key in helping them before much else is blooming. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Apr. 2021 Where happy, bloodroot naturalizes into a charming patch from both rhizomes and seeds. Ellen Nibali,, 7 Apr. 2021 Lovers of native flowers may already be familiar with some of the selections, including various trillium species, Virginia bluebell, wild ginger, cardinal flower, lobelia, bloodroot, blue and black cohosh, blazing star and Allegheny spurge. Chris M. Worrell, cleveland, 13 Jan. 2021 Thus bloodroot, or Sanguinaria canadensis, whose roots and rhizomes secrete a red sap when cut, was once thought to heal blood disorders and hasten wound healing. Amanda Fortini, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2020 Trilliums, bloodroot, violets—many wildflowers of spring in eastern North America bloom thanks to ants. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 11 Aug. 2020 Wild leek, the onion-pungent perennial prized by cooks, came up at the same time as paper-white bloodroot, wrapped in the cloak of its solitary leaf. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2020 Their lingering foliage offers a week or so of green respite — and then spring kicks in with effusions of dicentra, uvularias, bloodroot and trilliums, with some Italian windflowers and Virginia bluebells joining the party. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2020 Solomon’s seal and bloodroot were 90 cents per pound. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2017

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1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Bloodroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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blood·​root | \ -ˌrüt How to pronounce bloodroot (audio) , -ˌru̇t How to pronounce bloodroot (audio) \

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

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