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bitter herb

noun
1.
an Old World herb, Centaurium erythraea, used dried in medicine as a tonic.
2.
the turtlehead, Chelone glabra, used in medicine as a tonic, cathartic, and anthelmintic.
3.
Judaism. an herb that tastes bitter, as horseradish, traditionally eaten at the Seder, and serving as a reminder of the Israelites' slavery in Egypt.
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