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rattlesnake weed

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noun
a hawkweed, Hieracium venosum, of eastern North America, whose leaves and root are thought to possess medicinal properties.
a carrotlike weed, Daucus pusillus, of southern and western North America.
any of certain other plants, as an umbelliferous plant, Eryngium aquaticum.
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Origin of rattlesnake weed

An Americanism dating back to 1750–60
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