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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

Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley
Lancashire Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1 Various
Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, Sixth Edition, Volume I Arnold Cooley

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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