colicroot


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col·ic·root

 (kŏl′ĭk-ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
n.
1. Any of certain perennial herbs of the genus Aletris, especially A. farinosa of eastern North America, having racemes of small white flowers and rootstocks formerly used to treat colic. Also called star grass.
2. Any of various other plants thought to relieve colic.

colicroot

(ˈkɒlɪkˌruːt)
n
1. (Plants) either of two North American liliaceous plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, having tubular white or yellow flowers and a bitter root formerly used to relieve colic
2. (Plants) any of various other plants formerly used to relieve colic

col•ic•root

(ˈkɒl ɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

n.
1. a North American plant, Aletris farinosa, of the lily family, with yellow or white flower spikes and a root used in folk medicine to relieve colic.
2. any of certain other plants having roots reputed to cure colic.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colicroot - any of several perennials of the genus Aletris having grasslike leaves and bitter roots reputed to cure coliccolicroot - any of several perennials of the genus Aletris having grasslike leaves and bitter roots reputed to cure colic
liliaceous plant - plant growing from a bulb or corm or rhizome or tuber
Aletris, genus Aletris - small genus of bitter-rooted herbs of eastern North America and Asia; sometimes placed in family Melanthiaceae
ague grass, ague root, Aletris farinosa - colicroot having a scurfy or granuliferous perianth and white flowers; southeastern United States
Aletris aurea, yellow colicroot - colicroot with yellow-bracted racemose flowers; smaller than Aletris farinosa; southeastern United States