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☆ a red, fleshy, saprophytic plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) of the heath family, with hanging red flowers and no leaves, growing in the pine forests of the Sierra Nevada: often found in spring before the snow has melted
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A fleshy saprophytic plant (Sarcodes sanguinea) of the mountains of western North America, having a scaly reddish stalk and scarlet flowers.