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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
1675-1685
1675-85
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