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[kol-ik-root, -roo t] /ˈkɒl ɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt/

either of two North American plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, of the lily family, having small yellow or white flowers in a spikelike cluster and a reputed to relieve .
any of certain other plants having reputed to cure .
the blazing star, Liatris squarrosa.
either of two North American liliaceous plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, having tubular white or yellow flowers and a bitter root formerly used to relieve colic
any of various other plants formerly used to relieve colic


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