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  • noun perennial marsh plant having swordlike leaves and aromatic roots


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  • Next to smell came taste, and the children knew the taste of everything they saw or touched, from penny-royal and flagroot to the shell of a pignut and the letters of a spelling-book: —the taste of A-B, AB, suddenly revived on the boy’s tongue sixty years afterwards.

    Quincy (1838–1848) 1918

  • Therein she kept her keys, her smelling-bottle, her pocket-book, her handkerchief and her spectacles, a bit of flagroot and some liquorice stick.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 6 Old-Fashioned Tales William Patten 1902

  • This adjective "blamed" is the virtuous oath by which simple people, who are improving their habits, cure themselves of a stronger epithet, as men take to flagroot who are abandoning tobacco.

    If, Yes and Perhaps Four Possibilities and Six Exaggerations with Some Bits of Fact Edward Everett Hale 1865

  • "Mr.B. told me that, when he first went into the Indian country, they got the taste of his peppermint, and, after that, colics prevailed among them to an alarming extent, till Mrs.B. made a strong decoction of flagroot, and gave them in place of their favorite medicine.

    Summer on the Lakes, in 1843 Margaret Fuller 1830


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