Bistort Bis"tort, n. [L. bis + tortus, p. p. of torquere to twist: cf. F. bistorte.] (Bot.) An herbaceous plant of the genus {Polygonum}, section {Bistorta}; snakeweed; adderwort. Its root is used in medicine as an astringent. [1913 Webster]

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  • bistort — [bis′tôrt΄] n. [MFr bistorte < OFr < ML bistorta, lit., twice twisted < L bis, double (see BINARY) + tortus, pp. of torquere, to twist] any of several perennial northern and alpine plants (genus Polygonum) of the buckwheat family, whose… …   English World dictionary

  • bistort — /ˈbɪstɔt/ (say bistawt) noun 1. a European perennial herb, Polygonum bistorta, with a twisted root, which is sometimes used as an astringent. 2. a plant of other allied species, as Virginia bistort, P. virginianum, and Alpine bistort, P.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • bistort — /bis tawrt/, n. 1. Also called snakeweed. a European plant, Polygonum bistorta, of the buckwheat family, having a twisted root, which is sometimes used as an astringent. 2. any of several related plants, as P. viviparum (alpine bistort). [1570… …   Universalium

  • bistort — gyvatžolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeima. Rūgtiniai – Polygonaceae Juss. atitikmenys: lot. Bistorta angl. bistort vok. Knöterich rus. горец lenk. rdest …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • bistort — rūgtis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Rūgtinių (Polygonaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Persicaria). atitikmenys: lot. Persicaria angl. bistort; jointedweed; knotgrass; knotweed; smartweed vok. Knöterich rus. горец; гречишник; таран lenk.… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • bistort — noun Etymology: Middle French bistorte, from Medieval Latin *bistorta, from Latin bis + torta, feminine of tortus, past participle of torquēre to twist more at torture Date: 1578 any of several polygonums; especially a Eurasian perennial …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bistort — noun Any of several perennial herbs, of the genus Polygonum, having spikes of pink flowers …   Wiktionary

  • bistort — n. snakeweed; adderwort (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bistort — [ bɪstɔ:t] noun a herbaceous plant with a spike of flesh coloured flowers and a twisted root. [Polygonum bistorta and other species.] Origin C16: from Fr. bistorte or med. L. bistorta, from bis twice + torta (fem. past participle of torquere to… …   English new terms dictionary

  • bistort — bis·tort …   English syllables

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