[gohl-duh n-seel] /ˈgoʊl dənˌsil/

a plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of the buttercup family, having a thick yellow rootstock.
Also called hydrastis. the rhizomes and roots of this plant, formerly used in medicine as an astringent and to inhibit bleeding.
a ranunculaceous woodland plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of E North America, whose thick yellow rootstock contains such alkaloids as berberine and hydrastine and was formerly used medicinally


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