toothwort

noun
tooth·wort | \ˈtüth-ˌwərt, -ˌwȯrt\

Definition of toothwort 

1 : a European parasitic plant (Lathraea squamaria) of the broomrape family having pink-tinged white flowers and tooth-shaped scaly leaves

2 : any of several cresses (genus Dentaria) that have usually fleshy scaly rhizomes and are sometimes placed in the same genus as the bitter cresses

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Take advantage of the fact that hostas emerge late and plant the large open expanses with spring-flowering bulbs and ephemeral wildflowers such as toothworts (Dentaria), spring beauties (Claytonia), and trout lilies (Erythronium). The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Stunning Hostas," 16 May 2017 Visitors will look for spring leeks, toothwort, Jack in the Pulpit, May apples and skunk cabbage. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Spring is prime time to spy wildflowers on nature walks," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of toothwort

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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