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snakestone

[sneyk-stohn] /ˈsneɪkˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
a piece of porous material popularly supposed to neutralize the toxic effect of a snakebite.
2.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; snake + stone
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snakestone

n.

"fossil ammonite," 1660s, from snake (n.) + stone (n.). So-called from the old popular notion that they were coiled snakes petrified.

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