colic root


[kol-ik-root, -root]
either of two North American plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, of the lily family, having small yellow or white flowers in a spikelike cluster and a root reputed to relieve colic.
any of certain other plants having roots reputed to cure colic.
the blazing star, Liatris squarrosa.

1830–40, Americanism; colic + root1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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colicroot (ˈkɒlɪkˌruːt)
1.  either of two North American liliaceous plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, having tubular white or yellow flowers and a bitter root formerly used to relieve colic
2.  any of various other plants formerly used to relieve colic

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