squawroot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n squawroot tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Squawroot (Bot) A scaly parasitic plant (Conopholis Americana) found in oak woods in the United States; -- called also cancer root.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n squawroot A leafless fleshy plant, Conopholis Americana, of the Orobanchaceæ, found in the eastern United States. It grows from 3 to 6 inches high, with the thickness of a man's thumb, and is covered with fleshy scales having the flowers in their axils, at length becoming hard. It is more or less root-parasitic, and occurs in clusters among fallen leaves in oak-woods. Also cancer-root.
    • n squawroot Rarely, the blue cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides.
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