Definition of asarabacca in English:

asarabacca

noun

  • A low-growing European evergreen plant of the birthwort family, formerly used in medicine and as an ingredient in snuff.

    Asarum europaeum, family Aristolochiaceae

    • ‘The situation of these plants this year has provided a contrast in form and colour to the deep green kidney shaped leaves of the asarabacca rock plants.’
    • ‘Only plants like sweet woodruff and asarabacca, which are adapted to life in the shade under its thick branches, manage to grow in such conditions.’
    • ‘The forest has not been cut for 300 years, and I found myself surrounded by ground flora such as Solomon's seal, lily of the valley, yellow wood anemone, toothwort, asarabacca, herb paris and hepatica.’
    • ‘The results of the inventory revealed that the resources of the first two species are large, while the resources of asarabacca and common bearberry are a little low and it might be necessary to put these species under total conservation.’
    • ‘If you visit the lowest terrace (called Canada) you may be interested to see an area of the extremely rare asarabacca plant, used in the making of snuff.’

Origin

Early 16th century: from Latin asarum (from Greek asaron), probably compounded with a shortened form of another name for the plant in Greek.

Pronunciation

asarabacca

/ˈasərəˌbakə/