squawroot

[skwaw-root, -root]
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:
1805–15; squaw + root1, from its former use by Indians in treating women

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squawroot

noun
tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinally [syn: blue cohosh
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Squawroot is believed to be an important source of protein for lactating females emerging from dens.
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