squawroot


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squaw·root

 (skwô′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
n.
Any of several North American plants, especially:
a. A parasitic plant (Conopholis americana) having a scaly brownish stem and a conelike inflorescence of tubular yellowish flowers.
b. A trillium (Trillium erectum) having strong-smelling purple to yellow flowers.

squawroot

(ˈskwɔːˌruːt)
n
a North American parasitic herb, Conopholis Americana, that has a root formerly used for medicinal purposes

squaw•root

(ˈskwɔˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

n.
a fleshy, leafless plant, Conopholis americana, of the broomrape family, native to E North America, parasitic on oak and hemlock roots.
[1805–15, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squawroot - tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinallysquawroot - tall herb of eastern North America and Asia having blue berrylike fruit and a thick knotty rootstock formerly used medicinally
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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Others, like beechdrops and squawroot, tap directly into tree roots extracting what they need to survive.
Beechdrops has a more robust-looking cousin growing in the same mixed deciduous forests of New York: squawroot (Conopholis americana).
Cutler lists fifteen plant names that were in common use by 1900, including squawberry, squaw vine, squawroot, squaw bush, squaw carpet, squaw currant, squaw corn, and squaw flower (O Brave New Words