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Related to toothwort: Cardamine diphylla


 (to͞oth′wûrt′, -wôrt′)
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


(ˈtuθˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt)

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.toothwort - North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed rootstoothwort - North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed roots
bitter cress, bittercress - any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic
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But she found, among others, "Dutchman's Breeches", the funny little white flower that looks like long underwear hanging upside down, and cut-leaved toothwort.
Species more important in browsed treatments included cut-leaved toothwort (Cardamine concatenata, IV = 16), spring beauty (IV = 11) and pawpaw (Asimina triloba, IV = 12).
Chimney Rock Park, NC Wildflowers Guided Hike: Hike along the Hickory Nut Falls Trail in search of yellow mandarin, bellworts, toothwort, violets, sweetshrub, Jack-in-the-pulpit, and trilliums.