any of several low, terrestrial orchids, as Goodyera repens, of northern temperate regions, having a basal rosette of leaves with white veins and a one-sided spike of white flowers.
Origin of rattlesnake plantain
An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for rattlesnake plantain
any of various small temperate and tropical orchids of the genus Goodyera, having mottled or striped leaves and spikes of yellowish-white flowers
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