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button snakeroot

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noun
  1. any composite plant of the genus Liatris, having narrow, alternate leaves and spikelike heads of rose-purple flowers.
  2. an eryngo, Eryngium yuccifolium, of the southeastern U.S., having bristly leaves and whitish flowers.
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Origin of button snakeroot

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75
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