a. Any of several North American plants of the genus Lithospermum, having orange or yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye.
b. Any of several plants, such as the bloodroot, whose roots yield a reddish dye. Also called gromwell.
2. The dye from any of these plants.
[Of Virginia Algonquian origin.]
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