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snakestone

[sneyk-stohn]
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noun
  1. a piece of porous material popularly supposed to neutralize the toxic effect of a snakebite.
  2. ayr stone.

Origin of snakestone

First recorded in 1655–65; snake + stone
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Word Origin and History for snakestone

n.

"fossil ammonite," 1660s, from snake (n.) + stone (n.). So-called from the old popular notion that they were coiled snakes petrified.

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