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birthroot

[burth-root, -roo t] /ˈbɜrθˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
Also called birthwort, purple trillium. a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent.
2.
any of certain other species of trillium.
Origin of birthroot
1815-1825
1815-25; birth + root1
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  • The very short rootstock and strong terminal bud of a Trillium or birthroot.

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birthroot

/ˈbɜːθˌruːt/
noun
1.
any of several North American plants of the genus Trillium, esp T. erectum, whose tuber-like roots were formerly used by the Native Americans as an aid in childbirth: family Trilliaceae
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