Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A perennial wildflower (Sanguinaria canadensis) native to forests in eastern North America, having a single lobed leaf, a solitary white flower in early spring, and a fleshy rootstock exuding a poisonous red sap. Also called red puccoon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tormentil (Potentilla Tormentilla) of Europe and northern Asia: named from the color of its root, which is rich in a red coloring matter. It is also rich in tannin, and has been used as an astringent.
  • n. The common name in the United States of a papaveraceous herb, Sanguinaria Canadensis, one of the earliest spring flowers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant

Etymologies

blood +‎ root (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Last night I closed the door to the smokehouse where the bloodroot is kept in cardboard boxes, away from the mice and bugs.

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  • "This is an understory herb -- this particular one is called bloodroot," he says.

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  • Amanda Rafferty of Haverhill took homeopathic sanguinaria canadensis, made from a toxic herb known as bloodroot, for her monthly migraine headaches.

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  • Two or three years 'growth will raise these plants above all grass and low vegetation, and a sprinkling of laurel, rhododendron, hardy ferns and a few intermingling colonies of native wild flowers such as bloodroot, false Solomon's seal and columbines for the East, as

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  • I can name sunflower and dandelion and bloodroot and trillium and verbena.

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  • Edible Chenopodium, Indian ricegrass, sego lily roots, yucca, biscuit-root, bloodroot and many other nutritious and medicinal plants still grow here.27 The soil, though alkaline as short-grass soils are, has been enriched by centuries of river and creek silt deposition.

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  • The bloodroot is always the most short lived among those early ephemerals, we get too hot too soon every year for them to last.

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  • He put the new bag among the others, taking time to consider the collection: toothwort, columbine, bloodroot.

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  • The human condition put names to everything: bloodroot rockflower whip-poor-will, tulip bitternut hackberry.

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