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redroot

[red-root, -roo t] /ˈrɛdˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
a North American plant, Lachnanthes caroliniana (or L. tinctoria), having sword-shaped leaves, woolly, yellowish flowers, and a red, root.
2.
any of various other plants having red, roots, as the alkanet, Alkanna tinctoria, pigweed, Amaranthus retroflexus, and New Jersey tea, Ceanothus americanus.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; red1 + root1
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British Dictionary definitions for red-root

redroot

/ˈrɛdˌruːt/
noun
1.
a bog plant, Lachnanthes tinctoria, of E North America, having woolly yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye: family Haemodoraceae
2.
another name for pigweed (sense 1)
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