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snake's-head

[sneyks-hed]
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noun
  1. checkered lily.

Origin of snake's-head

First recorded in 1730–40
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British Dictionary definitions for snake's head

snake's head

noun
  1. a European fritillary plant, Fritillaria meleagris, of damp meadows, having purple-and-white chequered flowers

Word Origin

C19: so called because its buds are claimed to resemble a snake's head
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