lizard's tail

lizard's-tail

[liz-erdz-teyl]
noun
either of two marsh herbs of the genus Saururus, especially S. cernuus, of North America, having drooping spikes of fragrant, white flowers.

Origin:
1745–55

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lizard's tail

member of the lizard's-tail family (Saururaceae), found in marshy areas of eastern North America. The plant has creeping stems, or runners. Erect branches about 60 to 150 centimetres (2 to 5 feet) tall bear heart-shaped leaves on long stalks. Small, white flowers grow in a spike with a drooping tip (the lizard's tail).

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