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

  • n. An eastern North American plant (Conopholis americana) parasitic on the roots of oaks and other trees and having tubular yellowish flowers and a stem covered with brownish scales.
  • n. An eastern North American plant (Trillium erectum) having ill-smelling, purple to yellow flowers with three petals and dark red, six-angled fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Either of two, unrelated plants from eastern North America:

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A scaly parasitic plant (Conopholis Americana) found in oak woods in the United States; -- called also cancer root.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leafless fleshy plant, Conopholis Americana, of the Orobanchaceæ, found in the eastern United States.
  • n. Rarely, the blue cohosh, Caulophyllum thalictroides.

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

  • n. tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinally
  • n. tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinally

Etymologies

squaw +‎ root (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Isabelle liked the names of the plants—bugwort, richweed, squawroot, dog rose—but quickly scrambled the various uses and doses and preparations.

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