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snake·root

 (snāk′ro͞ot′, -ro͝ot′)
n.
Any of various plants, such as black cohosh, rattlesnake master, sanicle, or wild ginger, having roots reputed to cure snakebite.

snakeroot

(ˈsneɪkˌruːt)
n
1. (Plants) any of various North American plants, such as Aristolochia serpentaria (Virginia snakeroot) and Eupatorium urticaefolium (white snakeroot), the roots or rhizomes of which have been used as a remedy for snakebite
2. (Plants) the rhizome or root of any such plant
3. (Plants) another name for bistort1, bistort2
Also called: snakeweed

snake•root

(ˈsneɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt)

n.
1. any of various plants whose roots have been regarded as a remedy for snakebites.
2. the root or rhizome of such a plant.
[1625–35]
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Noun1.snakeroot - a plant of the genus Sanicula having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers in panicled umbels followed by bristly fruitsnakeroot - a plant of the genus Sanicula having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers in panicled umbels followed by bristly fruit; reputed to have healing powers
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Sanicula, Sanicula - chiefly American herbs: sanicle
footsteps-of-spring, Sanicula arctopoides - sanicle of northwestern United States and British Columbia having yellow flowers
purple sanicle, Sanicula bipinnatifida - sanicle of northwestern United States and British Columbia having yellow or red or purple flowers
European sanicle, Sanicula Europaea - sanicle of Europe and Asia having white to pale pink flowers
2.snakeroot - any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower headssnakeroot - any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads
wild flower, wildflower - wild or uncultivated flowering plant
genus Liatris, Liatris - genus of perennial North American herbs with aromatic usually cormous roots
dotted gayfeather, Liatris punctata - herb with many stems bearing narrow slender wands of crowded rose-lavender flowers; central United States and Canada to Texas and northern Mexico
dense blazing star, Liatris pycnostachya - perennial of southeastern and central United States having very dense spikes of purple flowers; often cultivated for cut flowers
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