birthroot definition

  • noun:
    • See trillium.
    • Trillium erectum, a perennial plant of North America with deep-red blossoms.
    • An herbaceous plant (Trillium erectum), and its astringent rootstock, which is thought to have medicinal properties.
    • In botany, a name fond of different species of Trillium, particularly T. pendulum, the roots that tend to be reputed become astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also to have an unique result upon the uterus and attached organs. Also known as birthwort, and corruptly bethroot and bathwort.
    • trillium of eastern united states having malodorous pink to purple blossoms and an astringent root utilized in people medication particularly to relieve childbearing

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