snake's head

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Related to snake's heads: snake's head fritillary

snake's head

n
(Plants) a European fritillary plant, Fritillaria meleagris, of damp meadows, having purple-and-white chequered flowers
[C19: so called because its buds are claimed to resemble a snake's head]
References in classic literature ?
Jim told me to chop off the snake's head and throw it away, and then skin the body and roast a piece of it.
Did you ever notice how that tusk of his is a sort of carved into a snake's head, Stubb?
The victory is only a matter of quickness of eye and quickness of foot--snake's blow against mongoose's jump--and as no eye can follow the motion of a snake's head when it strikes, this makes things much more wonderful than any magic herb.
The young shepherd bites, and far away he spits the snake's head, whereupon he rises, "No longer shepherd, no longer man--a transfigured being, a light-surrounded being, that LAUGHED
But the fierce old hag began to get angry and show a glimpse of her diabolic nature (like a snake's head, peeping with a hiss out of her bosom), at this pusillanimous behavior of the thing which she had taken the trouble to put together.