common noun. poisonroot; hellebore. A poisonous root, used for medicine; it is not drunk as it is poisonous, instead the roots are heated on the stove to cleanse the air when there is sickness. Hellebore is also applied externally to treat arthritis and rheumatism, and used to kill lice
Scientific name: Veratrum viride
'Ap luk'wil ama haldaaksa huułens. Hellebore is a really good medicine.
Ḵ'a̱p luk'wil txal aam huułens da k'wan. Poisonroot is really good for you.
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