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 (brĕd′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
Any of various perennial herbs of the genus Pediomelum in the pea family, especially P. esculentum (syn. Psoralea esculenta) of central North America, having a tuberous, starchy root that was an important food for many Native Americans.


(Plants) a leguminous plant, Psoralea esculenta, of central North America, having an edible starchy root. Also called: prairie turnip


(ˈbrɛdˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

the edible root of Psoralea esculenta, of the legume family, native to central America.
[1820–30, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.breadroot - densely hairy perennial of central North America having edible tuberous rootsbreadroot - densely hairy perennial of central North America having edible tuberous roots
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Psoralea, Psoralea - widely distributed genus of herbs or shrubs with glandular compound leaves and spicate or racemose purple or white flowers
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Breadroot, " is an endangered species with only three known populations, one on serpentine in Georgia and two on phyllite in South Carolina.
Student teams collected measurements for five plant species, two of which are endemic to glades: Nashville Breadroot (Pediomelum subacaulis--endemic), Nashville Mustard (Leavenworthia stylosa--endemic), Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium albidum), Shooting-Star (Dodecatheon meadia), and Star-Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta).
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