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rattlesnake weed

noun
1.
a hawkweed, Hieracium venosum, of eastern North America, whose leaves and root are thought to possess medicinal properties.
2.
a carrotlike weed, Daucus pusillus, of southern and western North America.
3.
any of certain other plants, as an umbelliferous plant, Eryngium aquaticum.
Origin of rattlesnake weed
1750-1760
An Americanism dating back to 1750-60
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