birthroot

birthroot

[burth-root, -root]
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:
1815–25; birth + root1

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birthroot (ˈbɜːθˌruːt)
 
n
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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