bistort definition

  • noun:
    • A Eurasian perennial herb (Polygonum bistorta) having cylindrical spikes of usually pink flowers and a rhizome made use of as an astringent in folk medication.
    • some of certain associated plants of genus Polygonum.
    • some of a few perennial natural herbs, variously categorized, having surges of pink blossoms
    • An herbaceous plant of the genus Polygonum, area Bistorta; snakeweed; adderwort. Its root is used in medication as an astringent.
    • A plant, Polygonum Bistorta, so named due to its twisted roots: popularly called snakeweed and adder's-wort.

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