WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
put•ty•root  (putē ro̅o̅t′, -rŏŏt′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biologyan American orchid, Aplectrum hyemale, having a slender naked rootstock that produces a leafless stalk with a loose cluster of yellowish-brown flowers.
  • putty1 + root1 1810–20, American.

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