birthroot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n birthroot trillium of eastern North America having malodorous pink to purple flowers and an astringent root used in folk medicine especially to ease childbirth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Birthroot (Bot) An herbaceous plant (Trillium erectum), and its astringent rootstock, which is said to have medicinal properties.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n birthroot In botany, a name given to various species of Trillium, especially T. pendulum, the roots of which are reputed to be astringent, tonic, and alterative, and to have a special effect upon the uterus and connected organs. Also called birthwort, and corruptly bethroot and bathwort.
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