• WordNet 3.6
    • n bloodroot perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bloodroot (Bot) A plant (Sanguinaria Canadensis), with a red root and red sap, and bearing a pretty, white flower in early spring; -- called also puccoon redroot bloodwort tetterwort turmeric, and Indian paint. It has acrid emetic properties, and the rootstock is used as a stimulant expectorant. See Sanguinaria.☞ In England the name is given to the tormentil, once used as a remedy for dysentery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bloodroot The tormentil (Potentilla Tormentilla) of Europe and northern Asia: named from the color of its root, which is rich in a red coloring matter. It is also rich in tannin, and has been used as an astringent.
    • n bloodroot The common name in the United States of a papaveraceous herb, Sanguinaria Canadensis, one of the earliest spring flowers. Its fleshy roots yield a dark-red juice, are bitter and acrid, and contain a peculiar alkaloid, sanguinarin. It is used in medicine as a stimulant, expectorant, and emetic.
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In literature:

Early in April there is one hillside near us which glows like a tender flame with the white of the bloodroot.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Theodore Roosevelt
The bloodroot leaf is curled round the tiny write flower bud to protect it.
"Selections From American Poetry" by Various
By this time the hepatica, anemone saxifrage, arbutus, houstonia, and bloodroot may be counted on.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
The May flowers and bloodroot have gone, the anemonies and bellwort have come and the violets are coming.
"Letters to His Children" by Theodore Roosevelt
There was the star-shaped bloodroot, with its ten or a dozen petals of waxen white set with jewel-like precision about a centre of dead gold.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
Eric crowned himself with bloodroot and contrived grass sandals for his feet.
"The Little House in the Fairy Wood" by Ethel Cook Eliot
We went up to Waverley and found bloodroot up, spice bush out, violets, dog-tooths and anemones, also caltha.
"Outlines of Lessons in Botany, Part I; From Seed to Leaf" by Jane H. Newell
Another recipe said to be most reliable: Take two ounces of the wine of ipecac, hive syrup four ounces, tincture of bloodroot two ounces.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Violet and bloodroot, dogwood and purple Judas tree were all bespangled, bespangled with dew.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Surely you have guessed the secret; the flower is the Bloodroot, and the Whizz is the Sharp-shinned Hawk.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
The leaves and flowers of the bloodroot and the above-mentioned wild flowers can be used for drawing.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Bloodroot, rich open woods; New England.
"Harper's Young People, April 13, 1880" by Various
The atamasco lily seems to be perfectly at home in the garden and so does the bloodroot.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
Sturdier, less shadowy flowers replaced the bloodroot and hepatica.
"Dick's Desertion" by Marjorie L. C. Pickthall
Bloodroot is a perennial and belongs to the same family as the opium poppy, the Papaveraceae.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
By this time the hepatica, anemone, saxifrage, arbutus, houstonia, and bloodroot may be counted on.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Whenever any fungous excrescence makes its appearance between the claws, apply powdered bloodroot or burnt alum.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
They are the bloodroot, the hepatica, and the fern.
"Text Books of Art Education, Book IV (of 7)" by Hugo B. Froehlich
In childhood I absolutely abhorred Bloodroot; it seemed to me a fearsome thing when first I picked it.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle

In poetry:

It is not early spring and yet
Of bloodroot blooms along the stream,
And blotted banks of violet,
My heart will dream.
"A Niello" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

BLOODROOT By Aaron Roy Even.
" Bloodroot " is based on a true event: the 1936 shooting of a white sheriff in Virginia by a black caretaker of a vanished family's estate who was being forced from his home.
Bill Cullina has a bloodroot plant from his mother — which she got from her mother.
Popular spring-blooming wildflowers include wild bleeding heart, lady's slipper, trillium, Virginia bluebells, mayapple, and bloodroot.