[sneyk-root, -roo t]
- 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.
- the root or rhizome of such a plant.
- the North American bugbane.
- a white eupatorium, Eupatorium rugosum.
- a plant, Rauwolfia serpentina (or Rauvolfia serpentina), whose roots are the source of reserpine and other drugs.
Origin of snakeroot
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Examples from the Web for snakeroot
Snakeroot Sam is a mighty clever feller, and he says he will help us all he can.The Campers Out
Edward S. Ellis
The snakeroot and the quinine did noble work, and thenceforth her recovery was rapid.Rolf In The Woods
Ernest Thompson Seton
"Snakeroot and cinnamon," chimed in Rachel, looking up from her sewing with a very innocent face.Little Grandmother
Dixon also reported that the natives have a keen sense of smell, which they quicken by the use of snakeroot.Alaska
She needed no snakeroot and saffron, nor indeed any other form of herb tea.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
Also called: snakeweed
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