Birthroot
Birthroot Birth"root`, n. (Bot.) An herbaceous plant ({Trillium erectum}), and its astringent rootstock, which is said to have medicinal properties. [1913 Webster]

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  • birthroot — ☆ birthroot [bʉrth′ro͞ot΄ ] n. any of various trilliums whose rootstocks were supposed by the American Indians to be of help in childbirth …   English World dictionary

  • birthroot — stačioji trilija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Trilijinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Trillium erectum), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Trillium erectum angl. bethroot; birthroot; purple trillium; red Benjamin; …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • birthroot — noun Date: 1822 any of several trilliums with astringent roots used in folk medicine …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • birthroot — /berrth rooht , root /, n. 1. Also called birthwort, purple trillium. a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent. 2. any of certain other species of trillium. [1815 25; BIRTH + ROOT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • birthroot — birth·root bər .thrüt, .thru̇t n any of several trilliums with astringent roots used in folk medicine …   Medical dictionary

  • birthroot — n. herb like plant of the Trillium family; birthwort, climbing plant with leaves in the shape of a heart said to facilitate childbirth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • birthroot — birth•root [[t]ˈbɜrθˌrut, ˌrʊt[/t]] n. 1) pln a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent 2) pln any of certain other trilliums • Etymology: 1815–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • birthroot — noun trillium of eastern North America having malodorous pink to purple flowers and an astringent root used in folk medicine especially to ease childbirth • Syn: ↑purple trillium, ↑red trillium, ↑Trillium erectum • Hypernyms: ↑trillium, ↑wood… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Trillium erectum — Birthroot Birth root , n. (Bot.) An herbaceous plant ({Trillium erectum}), and its astringent rootstock, which is said to have medicinal properties. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • purple trillium — birthroot (def. 1). [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

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