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(Science: botany) a plant (Sanguinaria Canadensis), with a red root and red sap, and bearing a pretty, white flower in early spring; called also puccoon, redroot, bloodwort, tetterwort, turmeric, and indian paint. It has acrid emetic properties, and the rootstock is used as a stimulant expectorant. See Sanguinaria.

in England the name is given to the tormentil, once used as a remedy for dysentery.

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