rattlesnake root


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rattlesnake root

n.
Any of various plants of the genus Prenanthes of the composite family, having bitter-tasting tuberous roots and clusters of white to purple usually nodding flower heads.

[From the belief that the root cured a rattlesnake's bite.]

rat′tlesnake root`


n.
any of certain composite plants of the genus Prenanthes, whose roots or tubers have been regarded as a remedy for snake bites, as P. serpentaria or P. alba.
[1675–85]
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Noun1.rattlesnake root - herb of central and southern Europe having purple florets
genus Prenanthes, Prenanthes - genus of North American and Asiatic perennial herbs having pinnatisect leaves small heads of drooping yellowish to purple flowers; sometimes includes species often placed in genus Nabalus
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
2.rattlesnake root - a plant of the genus Nabalus
genus Nabalus, Nabalus - genus of North American and east Asian perennial herbs; sometimes included in genus Prenanthes
cankerweed, Nabalus alba, Prenanthes alba, white lettuce - herb of northeastern North America having drooping clusters of yellowish-white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Prenanthes
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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The Wild Cove fen contains the only known provincial populations of Rattlesnake Root while the Northern Bog Aster is only known to exist in the Wild Cove fen and Balls Pond area.