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[kawr-uh l-root, -roo t, kor-] /ˈkɔr əlˌrut, -ˌrʊt, ˈkɒr-/
a saprophytic orchid of the genus Corallorhiza, of the Northern Hemisphere, having elongated clusters of small flowers on a leafless stem.
1850-55; coral + root1 Unabridged
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  • In the summer, you may see wildflowers such as spotted coralroot, violets and lupine.
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any N temperate leafless orchid of the genus Corallorhiza, with small yellow-green or purple flowers and branched roots resembling coral
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any plant of the genus Corallorhiza, family Orchidaceae, consisting of about a dozen species of nearly leafless, nonphotosynthetic orchids that live primarily on dead organic matter with the help of mycorrhizae. One species is Eurasian; the others are native to North and Central America. The name coralroot refers to the coral-like shape of the reddish rhizomes (underground stems)

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