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 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, "A balm for coronavirus anxiety: Milwaukee's wild places, where the rhythms of nature are steady as ever," 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, "An unsettlingly warm winter unlocks flowering treasures," 19 Feb. 2020 Solomon’s seal and bloodroot were 90 cents per pound. Washington Post, "After the check is gone," 6 Oct. 2017 Gently parting tender new vegetation, Wood uncovers the first of the season’s white bloodroot flowers. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "For Minnesota author of ‘Old Turtle,’ nature is still filled with countless stories," 29 Apr. 2017 By mid-June, the wood anemone and its springtime companions, like trout lily or bloodroot, have celebrated their brief moment in the sun. Dave Taft, New York Times, "On Forest Floors, Wood Anemone Provides a Burst of Spring," 26 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of bloodroot

1724, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2020

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“Bloodroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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