cancerweed

noun

Definition of cancerweed

1 : a rattlesnake root (Prenanthes alba) of which the root has bitter tonic properties
2 : a sage (Salvia lyrata) of the eastern U.S.

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History and Etymology for cancerweed

so called from its use in folk medicine as a cancer remedy

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“Cancerweed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cancerweed. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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