Origin of snakemouth

1810–20, Americanism; snake + mouth; so called because of the resemblance of the flower to a snake's open mouth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for snakemouth


  1. a terrestrial orchid, Pogonia ophioglossoides, of E North America, having solitary fragrant pinkish-purple flowers

Word Origin for snakemouth

so called because of the alleged similarity between the shape of the flower and a snake's mouth
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