from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Coptis, having white flowers, slender yellow roots, ternately divided evergreen leaves, and clusters of follicles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ranunculaceous evergreen plant, Coptis trifolia, growing in the United States and Europe: so called from its fibrous yellow roots. See Coptis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. low-growing perennial of North America woodlands having trifoliate leaves and yellow rootstock and white flowers
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