Toothwort definition

to͝othwûrt, -wôrt
Any of several eastern North American plants of the genus Cardamine of the mustard family, such as crinkleroot, having fibrous or fleshy rhizomes and palmately divided leaves.
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A Eurasian plant (Lathraea squamata) of the figwort family, having scaly cream-colored or pink stems and pinkish flowers.
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Any of a genus (Dentaria) of small woodland plants of the crucifer family, having scaly or toothed, pungent rhizomes and white or pinkish flowers in spring.
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Any of a genus (Lathraea) of European parasitic plants of the broomrape family, having a rhizome covered with tooth-shaped scales.
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Any of several species of flowering plants, of the genus Lathraea.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
toothwort
Plural:
toothworts

Origin of toothwort

  • From the toothlike divisions of the underground stems Sense 2, from its tooth-shaped scales

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • tooth +"Ž wort

    From Wiktionary