from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fleshy saprophytic plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) in the heath family, native to western North America, having a scaly reddish stalk and scarlet flowers and typically emerging early in the spring.

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  • noun 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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