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snakeroot

[ sneyk-root, -root ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌrut, -ˌrʊt /
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noun

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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Origin of snakeroot

First recorded in 1625–35; snake + root1
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British Dictionary definitions for snakeroot

snakeroot
/ (ˈsneɪkˌruːt) /

noun

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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