- n colicroot any of several perennials of the genus Aletris having grasslike leaves and bitter roots reputed to cure colic
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
- n Colicroot A bitter American herb of the Bloodwort family, with the leaves all radical, and the small yellow or white flowers in a long spike (Aletris farinosa and Aletris aurea). Called sometimes star grass
blazing star, and unicorn root.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n colicroot A name in the United States of several plants having reputed medicinal virtues, as Aletris farinosa, Dioscorea villosa, and Liatris squarrosa.