puccoon
noun Etymology: Virginia Algonquian poughkone Date: 1612 1. any of several American plants (as bloodroot) yielding a red or yellow pigment 2. a pigment from a puccoon

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  • Puccoon — IPA| [peːkɔːn] is a common name that refers to any of several plants formerly used by certain Native Americans for dyes. [ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/article 9001169/puccoon Britannica Online Encyclopedia] ] The dyes were made from the plants… …   Wikipedia

  • Puccoon — Puc*coon , n. [From the American Indian name.] (Bot.) Any one of several plants yielding a red pigment which is used by the North American Indians, as the bloodroot and two species of {Lithospermum} ({Lithospermum hirtum}, and {Lithospermum… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puccoon — ☆ puccoon [pu ko͞on′ ] n. [see POKE3] 1. GROMWELL 2. Archaic BLOODROOT 3. Archaic a dye from either of these plants …   English World dictionary

  • puccoon — /peuh koohn /, n. 1. any of certain plants that yield a red dye, as the bloodroot and certain plants belonging to the genus Lithospermum, of the borage family. 2. the dye itself. [1605 15, Amer.; < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) poughkone the herb… …   Universalium

  • puccoon — Bloodroot Blood root , n. (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puccoon — n. any one of the many plants that produce a red pigment that the Indians in North America use (bloodroot, etc.); pigment produced by the puccoon plant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • puccoon — noun /pʌˈkuːn/ Any one of several plants yielding a red pigment which is used by the North American Indians, as the bloodroot and two species of Lithospermum (L. hirtum, and L. canescens); also the pigment obtained from these plants. their head… …   Wiktionary

  • puccoon — blood root; dark red colour Colour Terms …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • puccoon — [pʌ ku:n] noun a white or yellow flowered North American plant yielding a dye. [Several species, mainly in the genus Lithospermum.] Origin C17: from Algonquian poughkone …   English new terms dictionary

  • puccoon — puc·coon …   English syllables

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