Definition of squawroot in English:

squawroot

Line breaks: squaw|root
Pronunciation: /ˈskwɔːruːt/

noun

  • Either of two North American plants:
    • a yellow-brown parasitic plant related to the broomrape (Conopholis americana, family Orobanchaceae).the blue cohosh. See cohosh
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    • Peculiar, parasitic beechdrops grow on the roots of beech trees; squawroot, another plant devoid of chlorophyll, gains its nutrition from the leaf litter.
    • As Quinn observed, ‘There were countless ‘squawroots ‘, for the colonists bestowed this convenient name upon any root they saw a squaw digging.’
    • Other common names for this plant are black root, bugbane, rattle root, rattle top, rattle squawroot, snake root and rattle weed.

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