Indian turnip


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Indian turnip common American spring-flowering woodland herb having sheathing leaves and an upright club-shaped spadix with overarching green and purple spathe producing scarlet berries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indian turnip (Bot) an American plant of the genus Arisæma. Arisæma triphyllum has a wrinkled farinaceous root resembling a small turnip, but with a very acrid juice. See Jack in the Pulpit, and Wake-robin.
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In literature:

A basket of baked "taro," or Indian turnip, was brought in, and we were given a piece all round.
"Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas" by Herman Melville
He sought first for the bitter root called Indian turnip, and after looking more than twenty minutes found it.
"The Forest Runners" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The same operations were repeated upon the Indian turnip with exactly similar results.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
Across the valley an Indian woman came walking rapidly, her arms full of turnips and onions and other garden-truck.
"The Last Spike" by Cy Warman
Sometimes it is called an Indian turnip, but don't eat it, for it is very biting.
"Uncle Wiggily in the Woods" by Howard R. Garis
He can "root" like a hog, and will often plough up acres of prairie in search of the wapatoo and Indian turnip.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Vegetation is very scanty; the Indian turnip, however, is common, as is also a species of cactus.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Our nearest approach to the flower is the "Jack-in-the-Pulpit" or Indian Turnip.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
In early summer the best forage is on the warm hillsides where the quamash and the Indian turnip grow.
"The Biography of a Grizzly" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Examples: trillium, bloodroot, squirrel-corn, Indian turnip, Solomon's seal, etc.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
One might as well eat an Indian turnip as this species.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Here were little enclosed plots of Indian corn and Swedish turnips; here, small plantations of fruit trees.
"Roland Cashel Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
That of Indian Turnip is formed one year and is consumed the next.
"The Elements of Botany" by Asa Gray
I found it near Columbia this autumn on the Indian turnip.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Belonging to the same family as the Calla lily and Indian turnip, the shape of its flower becomes at once familiar to anyone who observes it.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
This will give a faint suggestion of the racy pungency of the Indian turnip.
"Pastoral Days" by William Hamilton Gibson