One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1New Jersey tea, Ceanothus americanus (family Rhamnaceae); (also, with distinguishing word) any of the other shrubs of this genus.
2A swamp plant, Lachnanthes caroliniana (family Haemodoraceae), with hairy yellow flowers, also called paint-root.
3(More fully "redroot pigweed") a kind of amaranth, Amaranthus retroflexus.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in John Lawson (d. 1711), surveyor.
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