Definition of bitterroot in English:



  • A plant of the purslane family with showy pinkish-white flowers on short stems. Found throughout the rocky areas of western North America, it is particularly abundant in Montana, of which it is the state flower.

    • ‘They stopped in the Bitterroot and Hell Gate [Clark Fork] Valleys to dig bitterroot before ‘returning to their own country over the Bitterroot Range.’’
    • ‘Women gathered roots, prairie turnips, bitterroot, and camas bulbs in the early summer.’
    • ‘During the summer, the Nez Percé gathered a wide variety of plants, including wild onions and carrots, bitterroots, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and nuts.’
    • ‘Then he gave the officer a hunk of bitterroot, to ward off evil.’
    • ‘Lewis took home six bitterroot specimens, which he later gave to botanist Frederick Pursh, who named the genus after Lewis.’
    • ‘But at the eleventh hour, anxious to complete, I resorted to transferring a photograph of a bitterroot bloom to fabric.’
    • ‘My state flower is the bitterroot and my state bird is the western meadowlark.’
    • ‘Lately his slumber had been disturbed by dreams of yellow roses and pink heather, bachelor's-buttons and bitterroot and salmon poppies and moss rose and blue flax and red tulips and yellow water lilies.’