American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A fleshy saprophytic plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) of the mountains of western North America, having a scaly reddish stalk and scarlet flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) a fleshy parasitic herb (Sarcodes sanguinea) growing in the coniferous forests of California. It is all of a bright red color, and is fabled to grow from the snow, through which it sometimes shoots up.
- n. a fleshy bright red saprophytic plant of the mountains of western North America that appears in early spring while snow is on the ground
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