snakemouth

snakemouth

[sneyk-mouth]
noun, plural snakemouths [sneyk-mouthz] .

Origin:
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)
 
n
a terrestrial orchid, Pogonia ophioglossoides, of E North America, having solitary fragrant pinkish-purple flowers
 
[so called because of the alleged similarity between the shape of the flower and a snake's mouth]

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