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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. A North American plant, ''Sanguinaria canadensis'', of the poppy family, which has a red root and sap and a single white flower in early spring.


n. perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leave and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant [syn: puccoon, redroot, tetterwort, Sanguinaria canadensis]

Usage examples of "bloodroot".

He dipped a finger into my bowl of bloodroot shavings and dotted it thoughtfully on his blotter, leaving a chain of red fingerprints.

I said, tactfully averting my own gaze, and brushing a few bits of stray bloodroot off the desk.

I recall, a marrow exchange has to be facilitated by bloodroot and a trans-plant.

The marrow of the donor is liquefied and mixed with the blood of the bloodroot, and that mix is put into the body of the recipient, and finds its own way into the bone.

She picked masses of bloodroot and arranged vases of them around the house, until her brother claimed they aggravated his allergies.

And now that it was bright on their ground-screens they began talking of how the irradiated plants and flowers had had a freakish beauty, and one of the other womeneither Rinka or Hollywas describing what it had done to the columbines and bloodroot and wild asters, the walnut trees and the dogwoods.

Eric crowned himself with bloodroot and contrived grass sandals for his feet.

Ceylon briskly rubbed the bloodroot paste over the red stain on her left cheek.

There was the star-shaped bloodroot, with its ten or a dozen petals of waxen white set with jewel-like precision about a centre of dead gold.

There were buzzings and rustlings in the thick patches of ferns, and intense heat rose from fetid pools between the bloodroot trees, where the great fanned buttresses spread into the swamp.

Where even the rhododendrons wilted and died, the bloodroot flowers flourished in the hot summer.

He might have belonged with a simple which grew in a certain slug-haunted corner of the garden, whose use she could never be betrayed into telling me, though I saw her cutting the tops by moonlight once, as if it were a charm, and not a medicine, like the great fading bloodroot leaves.

He flew right out at me, landed on my shoulder, gave me a lecture that I shall never forget, and vanished under the scant cover of trillium and bloodroot leaves.

The thick moss and ferns, the bluebells and the bloodroots with their starry white blooms, the interlaced boughs, and the gentle gurgle of the water running over the smooth stones made a more lovely dining chamber, Ista thought, than she had sat in for many a year.

On this Annie heaped bloodroots and anemones, a few early violets, and one or two arbutus-sprays, and then looked up to see if I was satisfied.