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white snakeroot

noun
1.
a North American boneset, Eupatorium rugosum, that has heads of white flowers and causes trembles and milk sickness.
Also called Indian sanicle.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20, Americanism
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  • By definition, milk sickness is poisoning by milk from cows that have eaten white snakeroot.
Encyclopedia Article for white snakeroot

(Eupatorium rugosum), poisonous North American herb bearing flat-topped clusters of small white flower heads. It grows up to 1.5 m (5 feet) tall with 18-centimetre (7-inch) leaves opposite each other

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