See under snakeroot(def 1).
Origin of Seneca snakeroot
An Americanism dating back to 1755–65
Definition for seneca snakeroot (2 of 2)
[ sneyk-root, -roo t ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt /
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.
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British Dictionary definitions for seneca snakeroot
/ (ˈsneɪkˌruːt) /
Also called: snakeweed
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Medical definitions for seneca snakeroot
[ sĕn′ĭ-kə ]
An eastern North American plant having a terminal cluster of small white flowers and roots that are used medicinally.
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