from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The poisonous root of the pokeweed.
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Take prickly ash bark, mint, root and tops, tobacco, tar, and pokeroot; stew all these together in hog's lard; strain it, and, when nearly cold, sprinkle in a little sulphur.
Grated pokeroot was used by Native Americans as a poultice to treat inflammations and rashes of the breast.