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snakemouth

[sneyk-mouth] /ˈsneɪkˌmaʊθ/
noun, plural snakemouths
[sneyk-mouth z] /ˈsneɪkˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA)
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism; snake + mouth; so called because of the resemblance of the flower to a snake's open mouth
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snakemouth

/ˈsneɪkˌmaʊθ/
noun
1.
a terrestrial orchid, Pogonia ophioglossoides, of E North America, having solitary fragrant pinkish-purple flowers
Word Origin
so called because of the alleged similarity between the shape of the flower and a snake's mouth
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