gold·​en·​seal ˈgōl-dən-ˌsēl How to pronounce goldenseal (audio)
: a perennial North American herb (Hydrastis canadensis) of the buttercup family with large leaves and a thick knotted yellow rhizome sometimes used medicinally

Examples of goldenseal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Given the seriousness of the interaction, it’s often recommended to avoid using goldenseal and blood clotting medications together.11 Ginkgo biloba and blood-thinning medication. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 25 May 2023 Kay and her bears lived in the middle of some 5,000 acres of swampy forest, thick with muck peat and goldenseal and pine trees, in Tyrrell County, in northeastern North Carolina. Brandon Sneed, Outside Online, 4 Apr. 2016 Yenzirbo used a makeshift metal digger crafted from an old golf club to point out a four-lobed ginseng plant growing on a steep slope among a mosaic of other medicinal plants—black cohosh, goldenseal, nettle. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, 9 Jan. 2020 My own research also revealed that goldenseal does have the potential to interact with other drugs. Allyson Byers, SELF, 1 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goldenseal was in 1839

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“Goldenseal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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gold·​en·​seal ˈgōl-dən-ˌsēl How to pronounce goldenseal (audio)
: a perennial American herb of the genus Hydrastis (H. canadensis) with a thick knotted yellow rootstock and large rounded leaves

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