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alpine bistort

noun
1.
See under bistort (def 2).

bistort

[bis-tawrt] /ˈbɪs tɔrt/
noun
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)
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Medieval Latin bistorta twice twisted. See bis1, tort
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British Dictionary definitions for alpine bistort

bistort

/ˈbɪstɔːt/
noun
1.
Also called snakeroot, snakeweed, Easter-ledges. a Eurasian polygonaceous plant, Polygonum bistorta, having leaf stipules fused to form a tube around the stem and a spike of small pink flowers
2.
Also called snakeroot. a related plant, Polygonum bistortoides, of W North America, with oval clusters of pink or white flowers
3.
any of several other plants of the genus Polygonum
Word Origin
C16: from French bistorte, from Latin bis twice + tortus from torquēre to twist
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