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puccoon

[puh-koon] /pəˈkun/
noun
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.
Origin of puccoon
Virginia Algonquian
1605-1615
1605-15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) poughkone the herb Lithospermum vulgare and the red dye made from its root (cognate with Unami Delaware pé˙kɔ˙n bloodroot)
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British Dictionary definitions for puccoon

puccoon

/pəˈkuːn/
noun
1.
Also called alkanet. any of several North American boraginaceous plants of the genus Lithospermum, esp L. canescens, that yield a red dye See also gromwell
2.
any of several other plants that yield a reddish dye, esp the bloodroot (red puccoon)
3.
the dye from any of these plants
Word Origin
C17: of Algonquian origin; see pokeweed
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