goldthread [gohld-thred] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- a white-flowered plant, Coptis trifolia, of the buttercup family, having a slender, yellow root that is sometimes used as a tonic.
Origin of goldthread An Americanism dating back to 1770–80;+ Examples from the Web for goldthread Historical Examples of goldthread
I’m goin’ into the pines arter some goldthread an’ sarsaparil’.
What could be more unassuming than goldthread and wood-sorrel?
Stanton Davis Kirkham
Goldthread was official in the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1820 to 1880.
A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
It is also applied to the stalk or petiole of a carpel, in the rare cases when there is any, as in Goldthread.
Story-‘n’-a-half house, a good sullar, an’ woods nigh-by full o’ sarsaparilla an’ goldthread!
British Dictionary definitions for goldthread goldthread noun
- a North American woodland ranunculaceous plant, Coptis trifolia (or C. groenlandica), with slender yellow roots
- the root of this plant, which yields a medicinal tonic and a dye