Meaning of goldenseal

gold•en•seal

Pronunciation: (gōl'dun-sēl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a plant, Hydrastis canadensis, of the buttercup family, having a thick yellow rootstock.
  2. Also calledthe rhizomes and roots of this plant, formerly used in medicine as an astringent and to inhibit bleeding.
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