- the dried rootstock of bloodroot, containing several alkaloids used in medicine
Origin of sanguinariaModern Latin from Classical Latin from (herba) sanguinaria, (herb) that stanches blood from sanguis, blood
Origin of sanguinariaNew Latin Sanguinaria genus name from Latin (herba) sanguināriā a plant that stanches blood feminine of sanguinārius sanguinary ; see sanguinary .
- (botany) Any of the genus Sanguinaria, or bloodroots.
- The rootstock of the bloodroot, used in medicine as an emetic, etc.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From the genus name.