from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several plants of the genus Coptis of the buttercup family, having small white flowers, ternately divided evergreen leaves, and slender yellow rhizomes used in herbal medicine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A ranunculaceous evergreen plant, Coptis trifolia, growing in the United States and Europe: so called from its fibrous yellow roots. See Coptis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun low-growing perennial of North America woodlands having trifoliate leaves and yellow rootstock and white flowers


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  • She made the sweater not long ago, and it has goldthread embellishments.

    Tessie and Pearlie JOY HOROWITZ 1996

  • He took up the goldthread fan lying beside him and began a soft, fluttering motion at his cheek.

    The Miko Lustbader, Eric 1984

  • Crescents, stars, moons and suns were in goldthread embroidery on the small fez that Elijah Muhammad wore.

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X X, Malcolm, 1925-1965 1964

  • Take saffron and goldthread, white poplar and rue,

    The Snow-Drop Sarah S. Mower

  • But they knew where thoroughwort grows, and the wholesome goldthread; they gathered cress and peppermint, and could tell the mushroom from its noisome kindred.

    Meadow Grass Tales of New England Life Alice Brown 1902

  • I'm goin 'into the pines arter some goldthread an' sarsaparil '.

    Country Neighbors Alice Brown 1902

  • Catherine took many long jaunts to gather her herbs -- thoroughwort, goldthread, catnip, comfrey, skullcap, pennyroyal, lobelia, peppermint, old-man's-root, snakehead and others of greater or less medicinal value.

    A Busy Year at the Old Squire's 1887

  • Will she have hair of goldthread like that of the wife thou hadst in Sini {*} long ago -- she who married another man? '

    Rídan The Devil And Other Stories 1899 Louis Becke 1884

  • The small white flower above is from the goldthread plant, coptis groenlandica.

    gardenpath sandy 2010


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