Definition of coralroot in English:

coralroot

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noun

  • 1 (also coralroot orchid) A leafless orchid which has inconspicuous flowers and lacks chlorophyll. It has a pale knobbly rhizome which obtains nourishment from decaying organic matter.
    • Genus Corallorhiza, family Orchidaceae: several species, including the widespread C. trifida
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    • An unexpected display of coralroot orchid near the trailhead was just the first of many stops along the way.
    • In June, berries are ripe and we will look for the coralroot orchids under the oak trees.
    • The Navajo made a tea of spotted coralroot used as a lotion for ringworm or skin disease.
  • 1.1 another term for cockscomb ( sense 3).
  • 2 (also coralroot bittercress) A Eurasian woodland plant with purple flowers and bud-like swellings (bulbils) at the base of the stem.
    • Cardamine bulbifera, family Cruciferae
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    • Old Park Wood is the most varied piece of woodland in Middlesex with an abundance of flowers in spring including yellow archangel, lesser celandine, wood anemone, coralroot bittercress and bluebells.
    • Ancient woods are home to some special plants such as yellow bird's nest, coralroot bittercress and a number of rare orchids.
    • Here in spring you can see wood anemones bluebells and an unusual plant with pinkish flowers called coralroot bittercress.

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