puttyroot
noun Date: circa 1818 a North American orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) having a corm filled with glutinous matter and producing a solitary leaf and a scape bearing a raceme of brownish flowers

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  • Puttyroot — Put ty*root , n. (Bot.) An American orchidaceous plant ({Aplectrum hyemale}) which flowers in early summer. Its slender naked rootstock produces each year a solid corm, filled with exceedingly glutinous matter, which sends up later a single large …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • puttyroot — ☆ puttyroot [put′ē ro͞ot΄ ] n. an American orchid (Aplectrum hyemale) with clusters of yellowish brown flowers, one leaf at the base of the stem, and a sticky substance in its bulbs …   English World dictionary

  • puttyroot — /put ee rooht , root /, n. an American orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, having a slender naked rootstock that produces a leafless stalk with a loose cluster of yellowish brown flowers. [1810 20, Amer.; PUTTY1 + ROOT1] * * * …   Universalium

  • puttyroot — put•ty•root [[t]ˈpʌt iˌrut, ˌrʊt[/t]] n. pln an American orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, having loose clusters of yellowish brown flowers and a sticky substance in its rootstock • Etymology: 1810–20, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • puttyroot — noun North American orchid bearing a single leaf and yellowish brown flowers • Syn: ↑adam and eve, ↑Aplectrum hyemale • Hypernyms: ↑orchid, ↑orchidaceous plant • Member Holonyms: ↑Aplectrum, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Adam-and-Eve — Puttyroot Put ty*root , n. (Bot.) An American orchidaceous plant ({Aplectrum hyemale}) which flowers in early summer. Its slender naked rootstock produces each year a solid corm, filled with exceedingly glutinous matter, which sends up later a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aplectrum hyemale — Puttyroot Put ty*root , n. (Bot.) An American orchidaceous plant ({Aplectrum hyemale}) which flowers in early summer. Its slender naked rootstock produces each year a solid corm, filled with exceedingly glutinous matter, which sends up later a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aplectrum hyemale — ID 4767 Symbol Key APHY Common Name Adam and Eve Family Orchidaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, AZ, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Ad|am-and-Eve — «AD uhm uhn EEV», noun. = puttyroot. (Cf. ↑puttyroot) …   Useful english dictionary

  • adam-and-eve — n. 1. North American orchid ({Aplectrum hyemale}) bearing a single leaf and yellowish brown flowers. Syn: puttyroot. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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