tooth-wort

toothwort

[tooth-wurt, -wawrt]
noun
1.
a European plant, Lathraea squamaria, of the broomrape family, having a rootstock covered with toothlike scales.
2.
Also called pepperroot. any of several plants belonging to the genus Dentaria, of the mustard family, having toothlike projections upon the creeping rootstock.

Origin:
1590–1600; tooth + wort2

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toothwort (ˈtuːθˌwɜːt)
 
n
1.  a parasitic European scrophulariaceous plant, Lathraea squamaria, having no green parts, scaly cream or pink stems, pinkish flowers, and a rhizome covered with toothlike scales
2.  See also crinkleroot any North American or Eurasian plant of the genus Dentaria, having creeping rhizomes covered with toothlike projections: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)

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