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pinkroot

[pingk-root, -roo t] /ˈpɪŋkˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
the root of any of various plants belonging to the genus Spigelia, of the logania family, especially that of S. marilandica of the U.S., that is used as a vermifuge.
2.
any of these plants.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65, Americanism; pink1 + root1
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British Dictionary definitions for pinkroot

pinkroot

/ˈpɪŋkˌruːt/
noun
1.
any of several loganiaceous plants of the genus Spigelia, esp S. marilandica, of the southeastern US, having red-and-yellow flowers and pink roots
2.
the powdered root of this plant, used as a vermifuge
3.
a fungal disease of onions and related plants resulting in stunted growth and shrivelled pink roots
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