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

  • n. Any of several North American plants of the genus Lithospermum, having orange or yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye.
  • n. Any of several plants, such as the bloodroot, whose roots yield a reddish dye. Also called gromwell.
  • n. The dye from any of these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any one of several plants yielding a red pigment which is used by the North American Indians, such as the bloodroot and two species of Lithospermum (L. hirtum and L. canescens).
  • n. The red pigment (dye obtained from these plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several plants yielding a red pigment which is used by the North American Indians, as the bloodroot and two species of Lithospermum (Lithospermum hirtum, and Lithospermum canescens); also, the pigment itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bloodroot, Sanguinaria Canadensis: called red puccoon. See bloodroot, 2.
  • n. One of three or four American species of Lithospermum, with bright golden-yellow nearly salver-shaped flowers, and hairy surfaces.

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

  • n. perennial plant of eastern North America having hairy foliage yielding a red or yellow pigment
  • 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

Of Virginia Algonquian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Powhatan poughkone. (Wiktionary)

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