Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several terrestrial, saprophytic, chiefly New World orchids of the genus Corallorhiza having yellowish-green to purplish-brown leafless stems and small flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several saprophytic orchids of the genus Corallorhiza

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a genus (Corallorhiza) of orchideous plants, of a yellowish or brownish red color, parasitic on roots of other plants, and having curious jointed or knotted roots not unlike some kinds of coral. See Illust. under Coralloid.
  • n. a European bittercress (Dentaria bulbifera) having a knotted white rootstock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Corallorhiza. Also called coralwort.

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

  • n. a wildflower of the genus Corallorhiza growing from a hard mass of rhizomes associated with a fungus that aids in absorbing nutrients from the forest floor
  • n. European bittercress having a knotted white rootstock

Etymologies

From the corallike appearance of its branched rhizomes.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The quarry was the coralroot orchid and the name is derived from the underground stem that is said to be coral like.

    Country diary: Ardersier

  • In the end I did find the coralroot orchid and, although their blossoms had gone over, it was interesting to see the reddish stems characteristic of where this orchid grows, on sand dunes.

    Country diary: Ardersier

  • The closely related spotted coralroot on page 22, yes, but not the striped.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • Don't know that I've ever seen a striped coralroot.

    grouse Diary Entry

  • The kid arched, half of him still following the parabola of his swing while the other half tried to bend away from Joe, who hit the coralroot scar again and continued to move in, staying low, pursuing the softening, collapsing midsection.

    Stallion Gate

  • Rare plants include blue-hearts, Texas sandwort, crested coralroot, crane-fly orchid, dwarf hackberry and spotted wintergreen.

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