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 In Waukesha, Linder said her blended gardens lean cottage style but also include a variety of woodland natives including wild geranium, mayapple, bloodroot, wild ginger and both red and white trillium. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Other spring species to look for include hepatica, trout lily, Gleason's trillium, bloodroot and spring beauty, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 The move cut off a valuable supply of river cane, bloodroot, sage and other plants, which can be difficult to find on the Cherokee Nation’s reservation in northeastern Oklahoma, on the border with Arkansas. Alyssa Lukpat, New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 Wild indigo, river cane, wild onion, hickory, bloodroot and sage are among the species that members of the tribe can now gather at Buffalo National River, which was established in 1972 as the country’s first national river. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2022 This perennial native is in the poppy family, and gets its common name bloodroot, because the root, when cut exudes a red sap which was used as a red dye. Arkansas Online, 28 Mar. 2022 Inspired by the bloodroot herb, which has historically been used as a tool of protection for families in the southern Creole culture, models walked the runway wearing Victorian lace dresses and military workwear. Vogue, 17 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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1724, in the meaning defined above

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“Bloodroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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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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