Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of cruciferous plants, natives, of the cooler portion of the north temperate zone. It is nearly allied to Cardamine, with which it is united by some authorities, differing mainly in its few opposite or subverticillate cauline leaves, and in its scaly creeping or tuberous rootstocks. From its toothed pungent roots it derives the names of coral-root, toothwort, pepper-root, etc. The flowers are large, white or light-purple.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a genus usually included in genus Cardamine; in some classifications considered a separate genus.
- n. usually included in genus Cardamine; in some classifications considered a separate genus
“The toothwort (_dentaria laciniata_) is sometimes known as the pepper-root, and every school boy and girl living near the woods is familiar with the taste of its tubers and the appearance of its cross-shaped flowers.”
“For example, club member Francy Cash recently discovered one of spring's early flowers, toothwort, or dentaria, abloom several paces off the trail.”
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