snakestone

[ sneyk-stohn ]
/ ˈsneɪkˌstoʊn /

noun

a piece of porous material popularly supposed to neutralize the toxic effect of a snakebite.

Nearby words

  1. snakehead,
  2. snakemouth,
  3. snakeroot,
  4. snakes and ladders,
  5. snakeskin,
  6. snakeweed,
  7. snakewood,
  8. snaky,
  9. snap,
  10. snap at

Origin of snakestone

First recorded in 1655–65; snake + stone

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Word Origin and History for snakestone

snakestone

n.

"fossil ammonite," 1660s, from snake (n.) + stone (n.). So-called from the old popular notion that they were coiled snakes petrified.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper