snakemouth

[ sneyk-mouth ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌmaʊθ /

noun, plural snake·mouths [sneyk-mouth z] /ˈsneɪkˌmaʊðz/.


Nearby words

  1. snakebitten,
  2. snakeblenny,
  3. snakefish,
  4. snakefly,
  5. snakehead,
  6. snakeroot,
  7. snakes and ladders,
  8. snakeskin,
  9. snakestone,
  10. snakeweed

Origin of snakemouth

1810–20, Americanism; snake + mouth; so called because of the resemblance of the flower to a snake's open mouth

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British Dictionary definitions for snakemouth

snakemouth

/ (ˈsneɪkˌmaʊθ) /

noun

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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