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birth·root

 (bûrth′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
n.

birthroot

(ˈbɜːθˌruːt)
n
(Plants) any of several North American plants of the genus Trillium, esp T. erectum, whose tuber-like roots were formerly used by the Native Americans as an aid in childbirth: family Trilliaceae

birth•root

(ˈbɜrθˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

n.
1. a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent.
2. any of certain other trilliums.
[1815–25]
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Noun1.birthroot - trillium of eastern North America having malodorous pink to purple flowers and an astringent root used in folk medicine especially to ease childbirthbirthroot - trillium of eastern North America having malodorous pink to purple flowers and an astringent root used in folk medicine especially to ease childbirth
trillium, wake-robin, wood lily - any liliaceous plant of the genus Trillium having a whorl of three leaves at the top of the stem with a single three-petaled flower
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