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Meaning of Culver's root

Cul'ver's root'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. the root of a tall plant, Veronicastrum virginicum, of the figwort family, having spikelike clusters of small, white, tubular flowers, used in medicine as a cathartic and emetic.
  2. the plant.
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