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Culver's root

noun
1.
the root of a tall plant, Veronicastrum virginicum, of the figwort family, having spikelike clusters of small, white, tubular flowers, used in medicine as a cathartic and emetic.
2.
the plant.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20, Americanism; named after Dr. Culver, 17th-18th-century American physician
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British Dictionary definitions for culver's-root

Culver's root

/ˈkʌlvəz/
noun
1.
a tall North American scrophulariaceous plant, Veronicastrum virginicum, having spikes of small white or purple flowers
2.
the dried roots of this plant, formerly used as a cathartic and emetic
Word Origin
C19: named after a Dr Culver, 18th-century American physician
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