balsamroot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n balsamroot a plant of the genus Balsamorhiza having downy leaves in a basal rosette and yellow flowers and long balsam-scented taproots
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n balsamroot A name given in California to species of Balsamorrhiza, a genus of low, coarse, perennial composite plants, allied to the sunflower. They have deep thick roots which contain a terebinthinate balsam. These roots are eaten by the natives after being peeled and baked.
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Usage


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View full size Jamie Francis The John Day River meanders through its 1,200-foot deep canyon beyond the blooms of arrowleaf balsamroot wildflowers at the new Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
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