Alpine bistort

See under (def 2).
Also called snakeweed. a European plant, Polygonum bistorta, of the buckwheat family, having a twisted root, which is sometimes used as an astringent.
any of several related plants, as P. viviparum (alpine bistort)
Historical Examples

Ser′pent-fish, the snake-fish; Ser′pent-grass, the alpine bistort.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various

Also called snakeroot, snakeweed, Easter-ledges. a Eurasian polygonaceous plant, Polygonum bistorta, having leaf stipules fused to form a tube around the stem and a spike of small pink flowers
Also called snakeroot. a related plant, Polygonum bistortoides, of W North America, with oval clusters of pink or white flowers
any of several other plants of the genus Polygonum


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