from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The root of the sweetflag. See flag.


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  • "Probably Fair Rosamond, or Blanchefleur," Kit replied, down on her hands and knees after a little patch of flag-root that bordered the bed of a brook.

    Kit of Greenacre Farm

  • "I'm teaching Eleanor all the birds 'names," went on Roger, quite at his ease, munching a bit of flag-root.

    Masters of the Guild

  • Though fairly omnivorous in his tastes, the big muskrat, like all his tribe, was so content with his lilies, flag-root, and clams, that he was not generally regarded as a foe by the birds and other small people of the wilderness.

    The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life

  • She woke up first, however, and then Grandpa was speedily and adroitly aroused by some means, I think it was a pin; and Grandma fed him with bits of unsweetened flag-root which he munched penitently, though evidently without relish, until he dropped off to sleep again, and she dropped off to sleep again, and so they continued.

    Cape Cod Folks

  • Now the little boys knew of a place in the swamp where they had been in the habit of digging for "flag-root," and where they might find plenty of flag flowers.

    The Peterkin Papers

  • She had known him when, at the district school, he ignored girls; and later, as he began to bring her flag-root in summer, or draw her on his sled in winter, she had taken more notice of him.

    Pocket Island A Story of Country Life in New England

  • In a year he begins to bring her flag-root in summer, or big apples in winter, and although her way home is different from his, he occasionally feels called upon to accompany her, heedless of the fact that it costs him an extra half-mile and fault-finding at being late home.

    Pocket Island A Story of Country Life in New England

  • Every Saturday he was away alone to the forests, fields, and hills, and always came back loaded with spoils; for he seemed to know the meadows where the best flag-root grew, the thicket where the sassafras was spiciest, the haunts where the squirrels went for nuts, the white oak whose bark was most valuable, and the little gold-thread vine that Nursey liked to cure the canker with.

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys

  • But, lordy massy, I gits so 'xhausted, an' hes sech a sinking 't my stomach, 'n' then I goes out 'n' kind o 'Injunin' round, an 'git flag-root' n 'wintergreen' n 'spruce boughs' n 'gensing root' n 'sarsafrass' n 'sich fur Hepsy to brew up a beer.

    Oldtown Folks

  • Cynthia Rudd devotedly, and blushed scarlet one day when his cousin found a lock of Cynthia's flaming hair in the box where John kept his fishhooks, spruce gum, flag-root, tickets of standing at the head, gimlet, billets-doux in blue ink, a vile liquid in a bottle to make fish bite, and other precious possessions, yet Cynthia's society had no attractions for him comparable to a day's trout-fishing.

    Being a Boy


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