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snapdragon

[snap-drag-uh n] /ˈsnæpˌdræg ən/
noun
1.
any plant belonging to the genus Antirrhinum, of the figwort family, especially A. majus, cultivated for its spikes of showy flowers, each having a corolla supposed to resemble the mouth of a dragon.
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; snap + dragon
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British Dictionary definitions for snap dragon

snapdragon

/ˈsnæpˌdræɡən/
noun
1.
any of several scrophulariaceous chiefly Old World plants of the genus Antirrhinum, esp A. majus, of the Mediterranean region, having spikes of showy white, yellow, pink, red, or purplish flowers Also called antirrhinum
Word Origin
C16: so named because the flowers, which are claimed to look like a dragon's head, have a ``mouth'' which snaps shut if squeezed open and then released
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Word Origin and History for snap dragon

snapdragon

n.

garden plant, 1570s, from snap (n.) + dragon. So called from fancied resemblance of antirrhinum flowers to a dragon's mouth. As the name of a Christmas game of plucking raisins from burning brandy and eating them alight, from 1704.

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