rattlesnake root

rattlesnake root

noun
1.
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.
2.
the root or tuber.
3.
the snakeroot, Polygala senega.
4.
its root.

Origin:
1675–85

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rattlesnake root

noun
1. herb of central and southern Europe having purple florets 
2. a plant of the genus Nabalus 
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