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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1597

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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