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squawroot

[skwaw-root, -roo t] /ˈskwɔˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
a fleshy, leafless plant, Conopholis americana, of the broomrape family, native to eastern North America, having a stout, yellowish, conelike stalk of lipped flowers, and growing in clusters, especially under oaks.
2.
the blue cohosh.
See under cohosh.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; squaw + root1, from its former use by Indians in treating women
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