• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Yellow-root an American herb whose root-stock yields berberine—also Orange-root, Goldenseal
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. geolo; Ger. gelb; cog. with L. heluus, light bay.


In literature:

At the roots it was black, six inches from his head it was light brown, and the extremities were light yellow.
"The Cannibal Islands" by R.M. Ballantyne
The latter is a plant whose root is bright yellow, used in dyeing silk.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
The roots and bark yield a yellow dye.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
They were hardly recognizable, so ill did they appear, with yellow, hanging leaves and faded flowers and dry roots.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
The root is many-headed, black externally and yellow within.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
His chips soon spread a yellow carpet over the mossy sward and the tree-roots.
"International Short Stories" by Various
It had been torn bodily from the earth, and now the roots were packed with damp moss, yellow-green.
"The Garden of Eden" by Max Brand
She turned red to the roots of her yellow hair.
"The Day of His Youth" by Alice Brown
Otherwise it would be dark at the roots while the ends would be yellow.
"Bee and Butterfly" by Lucy Foster Madison
His yellow hair crisped itself into small waves right from its very roots.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
The inner bark and roots yield a fine yellow dye (berberine).
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
These knotty roots send out in every direction many long, slender, bright yellow, fibrous roots.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Only aloes could take root in the clefts of the yellow grey stone, and here and there a fig tree spread its meagre shade.
"Riven Bonds. Vol. II." by E. Werner
The water was so yellow that I could not see to the bottom, which was slimy clay, covering the roots of trees.
"Lost in the Jungle" by Paul Du Chaillu
This steaming gives the wood the familiar brown-yellow tint of the natural briar root uncolored.
"Tobacco Leaves" by W. A. Brennan
The bark and leaves both yield a yellow dye, and the roots a tonic from their bitter, aromatic sap.
"Trees Worth Knowing" by Julia Ellen Rogers
The youth flushed to the roots of his yellow hair.
"The Whirligig of Time" by Wayland Wells Williams
The root is tough and hard, of a bright golden yellow, and intensely bitter.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
He has always prepared awa from the juice of the yellow awa root for us to drink.
"Legends of Gods and Ghosts (Hawaiian Mythology)" by W. D. (William Drake) Westervelt
Why several docks and sorts of Rhubarb with yellow roots, send forth purple flowers?
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 2 of 3)" by Thomas Browne

In poetry:

The year's glad work is almost done;
The land is rich in fruit;
Yellow it floats in air and sun—
Earth holds it by the root.
"Songs of the Autumn Days" by George MacDonald
The mist-rack and the wakening rain
Blown soft in many a forest way,
The yellowing elm-trees, and again
The blood-root in its sheath of gray.
"The Return of the Year" by Archibald Lampman
I cannot run, I am rooted, and the gorse hurts me
With its yellow purses, its spiky armory.
I could not run without having to run forever.
The white hive is snug as a virgin,
Sealing off her brood cells, her honey, and quietly humming.
"The Bee Meeting" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Rutabagas are elongated, yellow, and have roots coming out from the lower parts.
According to, Rutabagas , sometimes called yellow turnips, is a "jumbo" root vegetable originally cultivated as a cross between a cabbage and a turnip.
Soybean producers are encouraged to examine roots of soybean plants that exhibit yellowing of leaves this year.
"If the alfalfa is yellow only in low areas, the problem can be phytophthora root rot," says Anderson.
Bunnies , eggs, Easter gifts and fluffy, yellow chicks in gardening hats all stem from pagan roots.
Yaki Soba, adapted from The Wagamama Cookbook For the noodles 1 package soba noodles 1 bell pepper, red, orange, or yellow 1/2 large yellow onion Snap peas Bean sprouts Ginger root, peeled and grated Sesame seeds Vegetable oil.
Owensboro's annual River of Music Party at Yellow Creek Park is now carrying a new subtitle: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival.
Progressive wilting, yellowing, and dead lower leaves indicate Pythium root rot in Easter lily.

In science:

In summary, the root 0 is blue (respectively, red, yellow) with probability θ (respectively, 1 − γ , γ − θ); it is black with probability γ .
Branching Processes, and Random-Cluster Measures on Trees