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Virginia snakeroot

noun
1.
See under snakeroot (def 1).
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95, Americanism

snakeroot

[sneyk-root, -roo t] /ˈsneɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt/
noun
1.
any of various plants whose roots have been regarded as a remedy for snakebites, as the herb Aristolochia serpentaria (Virginia snakeroot) having a medicinal rhizome and rootlets, and the white-flowered Polygala senega (Seneca snakeroot) having a medicinal root.
2.
the root or rhizome of such a plant.
3.
the North American bugbane.
4.
a white eupatorium, Eupatorium rugosum.
5.
a plant, Rauwolfia serpentina (or Rauvolfia serpentina), whose roots are the source of reserpine and other drugs.
Origin
1625-35; snake + root1
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snakeroot

/ˈsneɪkˌruːt/
noun
1.
any of various North American plants, such as Aristolochia serpentaria (Virginia snakeroot) and Eupatorium urticaefolium (white snakeroot), the roots or rhizomes of which have been used as a remedy for snakebite
2.
the rhizome or root of any such plant
3.
another name for bistort (sense 1), bistort (sense 2)
Also called snakeweed
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