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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Snakeroot \Snake"root`\, n. (Bot.)
Any one of several plants of different genera and species,
most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be
efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the
roots of any of these.
Note: The Virginia snakeroot is Aristolochia Serpentaria;
black snakeroot is Sanicula, esp. Sanicula
Marilandica, also Cimicifuga racemosa; Seneca
snakeroot is Polygala Senega; button snakeroot is
Liatris, also Eryngium; white snakeroot is
Eupatorium ageratoides. The name is also applied to
some others besides these.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: 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 [syn:
2: any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris
having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads
[syn: blazing star, button snakeroot, gayfeather, gay-
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