• WordNet 3.6
    • n Asarum wild ginger
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n asarum A genus of apetalous exogenous plants, natural order Aristolochiaceœ, low, stemless herbs, with dull-brownish flowers and aromatic root-stock. The few species are natives of the northern temperate zone. The asarabacca, A. Europœum, was formerly used as a purgative and an emetic. The common American species, A. Canadense, is known as wild ginger or snakeroot. Five other species are found in the Alleghanies and Sierra Nevada, and four or five in Asia.
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In literature:

To provoke urine with aniseed, daucus, asarum, &c., and stools, if need be, by clysters and suppositories.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
Asarum Europeum v. 3.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
It also feeds upon wild ginger or Asarum and probably upon other plants.
"Butterflies Worth Knowing" by Clarence M. Weed