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A Eurasian herbaceous plant with a spike of flesh-colored flowers and twisted root that is sometimes used medicinally.
- ‘Common wildflowers are a pink-flowered and a white-flowered bistort, Arctic shooting-star, three kinds of buttercups, Parrya nudicaulis, and Langsdorf's lousewort.’
- ‘A stream runs along the western edge of the reserve, providing habitat for a different community of plants including sedges, yellow iris and amphibious bistort.’
- ‘It was mid-day and I thought the stroll would be better in the evening, the softer light heightening the delicate pink of the bistorts and though there might be more people the traffic noise would be less.’
- ‘However, if this is done before July, many beautiful wild flowers, such as melancholy thistle, wood cranesbill and bistort, which are special to limestone uplands of the north, are mown down before they can seed.’
- ‘There were trout from the Beggar, wild mushrooms in the autumn, lamb and free range poultry and eggs from farms far and wide, and soon it will be Easter Pudding from the bistort that grows by the beck.’
Early 16th century: from French bistorte or medieval Latin bistorta, from bis twice + torta (feminine past participle of torquere to twist).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.