bloodwort

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EtymologyEdit

From blood +‎ wort. Compare German Blutwurz, Swedish blodrot, both “tormentil”.

NounEdit

bloodwort (usually uncountable, plural bloodworts)

  1. Any of various plants with red roots or leaves.
    1. The plant bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis.
    2. Rumex sanguineus, bloody dock, wood dock, bloody-veined dock.
    3. Any of the Haemodoraceae, a family of flowering plants some of whose roots contain a red dye.
  2. Any of various plants used or formerly used to staunch bleeding.
    1. Sanguinary, common yarrow, Achillea millefolium.
      • 1993, H K Bakhru, Herbs that Heal[1], page 185:
        Bloodwort is bitter, aromatic, stimulant, and tonic. It is useful in arresting bleeding.
    2. Various species in the genus Sanguisorba, burnet.
    3. Capsella bursa-pastoris, shepherd's purse.

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