• WordNet 3.6
    • n Aletris small genus of bitter-rooted herbs of eastern North America and Asia; sometimes placed in family Melanthiaceae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aletris A genus of plants, natural order Hemodoraceæ, natives of the eastern United States, chiefly from New Jersey southward. The two species, A. farinosa and A. aurea, are low, smooth, stemless, bitter herbs, with fibrous roots, a cluster of spreading, flat, lance-shaped leaves, and a spiked raceme of small white or yellow flowers. They are called colic-root from their medicinal reputation, and also ague-grass, star-grass, blazing-star, etc.
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In literature:

The plants have both basal and stem leaves, where as Aletris has only the basal leaves.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding