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[bluhd-root, -roo t] /ˈblʌdˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
a North American plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, of the poppy family, having a red root and root sap and a solitary white flower.
Also called red puccoon.
Origin of bloodroot
1570-80; blood + root1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bloodroot
  • If you find bloodroot in bloom, you'd better take a picture.
  • The bizarre jack-in-the- pulpit is a relative of our cultivated calla lily and the bloodroot is a poppy.
  • Keep your eyes open for trillium, bloodroot and other wildflowers this month, too.
  • The lush carpet of herbs changes from spring ephemerals such as trout lilies and bloodroot to dense fern cover in summer.
  • Vegetable dyes such as bloodroot and red bedstraw, alder and spruce bark were also used.
  • Foamflower, bloodroot and sunflower provide groundcover in sunny locations.
British Dictionary definitions for bloodroot


Also called red puccoon. a North American papaveraceous plant, Sanguinaria canadensis, having a single whitish flower and a fleshy red root that yields a red dye
another name for tormentil
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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