snapdragon

[snap-drag-uhn]
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:
1565–75; snap + dragon

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snapdragon (ˈsnæpˌdræɡən)
 
n
Also called: antirrhinum 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
 
[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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snapdragon
1573, from fancied resemblance of antirrhinum flowers to a dragon's mouth.
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Yellow toadflax is a member of the snapdragon family and is easily recognized by the bright yellow flowers.
Flower has a long spur, resembling a snapdragon flower.
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