Squawroot meaning

skwôro͝ot, -ro͝ot
Any of several North American plants, especially:
  • A parasitic plant (Conopholis americana) having a scaly brownish stem and a conelike inflorescence of tubular yellowish flowers.
  • A trillium (Trillium erectum) having strong-smelling purple to yellow flowers.
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An E North American yellowish-brown, scaly, leafless plant (Conopholis americana) of the broomrape family, parasitic on the roots of some trees, esp. oaks.
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A purple trillium (Trillium erectum)
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Either of two, unrelated plants from eastern North America:
  • Conopholis americana which is parasitic on the roots of other trees.
  • Trillium erectum that has foul-smelling, yellow to purple flowers.
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