Pronunciation: (kol'ik-rOOt", -root"), [key]
1. either of two North American plants, Aletris farinosa or A. aurea, of the lily family, having small yellow or white flowers in a spikelike cluster and a root reputed to relieve colic.
2. any of certain other plants having roots reputed to cure colic.
3. the blazing star, Liatris squarrosa.
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