put·​ty·​root ˈpə-tē-ˌrüt How to pronounce puttyroot (audio)
: a North American orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) having a corm filled with glutinous matter and producing a solitary leaf and a scape bearing a raceme of brownish flowers

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puttyroot was circa 1818

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“Puttyroot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puttyroot. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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