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puc·coon

 (pə-ko͞on′)
n.
1.
a. Any of several North American plants of the genus Lithospermum, having orange or yellow flowers and roots that yield a red dye.
b. Any of several plants, such as the bloodroot, whose roots yield a reddish dye. Also called gromwell.
2. The dye from any of these plants.

[Of Virginia Algonquian origin.]
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puccoon

(pəˈkuːn)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: alkanet any of several North American boraginaceous plants of the genus Lithospermum, esp L. canescens, that yield a red dye. See also gromwell
2. (Plants) any of several other plants that yield a reddish dye, esp the bloodroot (red puccoon)
3. (Dyeing) the dye from any of these plants
[C17: of Algonquian origin; see pokeweed]
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puc•coon

(pəˈkun)

n.
1. any of certain plants, as the bloodroot and plants belonging to the genus Lithospermum, of the borage family, yielding a red dye.
2. the dye itself.
[1612 (John Smith); < Virginia Algonquian (E sp.) poughkone the herb Lithospermum vulgare and the red dye made from its root (c. Unami Delaware pé·kɔ·n bloodroot)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puccoon - perennial plant of eastern North America having hairy foliage yielding a red or yellow pigmentpuccoon - perennial plant of eastern North America having hairy foliage yielding a red or yellow pigment
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Lithospermum, Lithospermum - annual or perennial herbaceous or shrubby plants; cosmopolitan except Australia
2.puccoon - perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic propertiespuccoon - perennial woodland native of North America having a red root and red sap and bearing a solitary lobed leaf and white flower in early spring and having acrid emetic properties; rootstock used as a stimulant and expectorant
genus Sanguinaria, Sanguinaria - one species: bloodroot
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Native Americans called the plant puccoon and used it as a traditional medicine to treat a variety of conditions including cancer [18].
(narrow-leaf puccoon; TAC 706) was collected in 2005 in Santo, Texas at 835 West Beddo Mountain Road south of the house in a clearing near a small creek.
Lithospermum canescens (Michx.) Lehm.; Hoary Puccoon; Ditch fen; Rare but locally frequent; C = 10: BSUH 14829.