Also called birthwort, purple trillium. a trillium, Trillium erectum, the roots of which were formerly used in medicine as an astringent.
any of certain other species of trillium.
The Elements of Botany Asa Gray
any of several North American plants of the genus Trillium, esp T. erectum, whose tuber-like roots were formerly used by the Native Americans as an aid in childbirth: family Trilliaceae
a precious or semiprecious stone traditionally associated with a particular month or sign of the zodiac and believed to attract good fortune. Historical Examples Birds and Nature Vol. 11 No. 4 [April 1902] Various The Secret of Casa Grande Helen Randolph noun a precious or semiprecious stone associated with a month or sign of the […]
a specially shaped seat formerly used in childbirth.
an emotional shock caused by being born.
the weight of an infant at birth.
the weight of an infant at birth. Contemporary Examples How Mom’s Hip Size Predicts Her Daughter’s Risk Kent L. Thornburg, PhD October 23, 2009