The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bloodroot \Blood"root`\, n. (Bot.) A plant ( Sanguinaria Canadensis), with a red root and red sap, and bearing a pretty, white flower in early spring; -- called also puccoon, redroot, bloodwort, tetterwort, turmeric, and Indian paint. It has acrid emetic properties, and the rootstock is used as a stimulant expectorant. See Sanguinaria.
Note: In England the name is given to the tormentil, once used as a remedy for dysentery.
n. 1 The plant bloodroot, ''Sanguinaria canadensis''. 2 (taxlink Rumex sanguineus species noshow=1), the bloody-veined dock. 3 Any of the ''(taxlink Haemodoraceae family noshow=1)'', a family of flowering plants some of whose roots contain a red dye.
n. any of various plants of the family Haemodoraceae; roots contain a deep red coloring matter
Usage examples of "bloodwort".
Rosamond and the party at the fish pool, when the sub-prior showed us a fine patch of the Danewort growing near the monastery, which he told us indicated that Pendyke was once a Danish settlement, and that Danes had been massacred there in the time of the Saxon king Ethelred, and hence sprang up this bloodwort, now so famed for sprains and bruises.
I thought it very unlikely, for instance, that bloodwort would be effective in making warts grow on a rival's nose, and I strongly doubted whether wood betony was useful in transforming toads into pigeons.
Culpepper says of the Docks: 'All Docks are under Jupiter, of which the Red Dock, which is commonly called Bloodwort, cleanseth the blood and strengthens the liver, but the Yellow Dock root is best to be taken when either the blood or liver is affected by choler.