Definition of squawroot in English:

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squawroot

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.
Example sentences
  • 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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