[ 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.

Nearby words

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

Origin of snakeroot

First recorded in 1625–35; snake + root1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snakeroot


/ (ˈsneɪkˌruːt) /


any of various North American plants, such as Aristolochia serpentaria (Virginia snakeroot) and Eupatorium urticaefolium (white snakeroot), the roots or rhizomes of which have been used as a remedy for snakebite
the rhizome or root of any such plant
Also called: snakeweed

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