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1. Any of several eastern North American plants of the genus Cardamine of the mustard family, such as crinkleroot, having fibrous or fleshy rhizomes and palmately divided leaves.
2. A Eurasian plant (Lathraea squamata) of the figwort family, having scaly cream-colored or pink stems and pinkish flowers.
[From the toothlike divisions of the underground stems . Sense 2, from its tooth-shaped scales .]
1. (Plants) a parasitic European scrophulariaceous plant, Lathraea squamaria, having no green parts, scaly cream or pink stems, pinkish flowers, and a rhizome covered with toothlike scales
2. (Plants) any North American or Eurasian plant of the genus Dentaria, having creeping rhizomes covered with toothlike projections: family Brassicaceae (crucifers). See also crinkleroot
1. any parasitic plant of the genus Lathraea, of the broomrape family, having a rootstock covered with toothlike scales.
2. any plant of the genus Dentaria, of the mustard family, having toothlike projections on the rootstock.
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|Noun||1.||toothwort - North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed roots|