[snap-drag-uh n]


any plant belonging to the genus Antirrhinum, of the figwort family, especially A. majus, cultivated for its spikes of showy flowers, each having a corolla supposed to resemble the mouth of a dragon.

Nearby words

  1. snap-off,
  2. snap-on,
  3. snap-roll,
  4. snapback,
  5. snapchat,
  6. snape,
  7. snaphaunce,
  8. snapper,
  9. snapper up,
  10. snapperback

Origin of snapdragon

First recorded in 1565–75; snap + dragon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snapdragon



any of several scrophulariaceous chiefly Old World plants of the genus Antirrhinum, esp A. majus, of the Mediterranean region, having spikes of showy white, yellow, pink, red, or purplish flowersAlso called: antirrhinum

Word Origin for snapdragon

C16: so named because the flowers, which are claimed to look like a dragon's head, have a ``mouth'' which snaps shut if squeezed open and then released

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Word Origin and History for snapdragon



garden plant, 1570s, from snap (n.) + dragon. So called from fancied resemblance of antirrhinum flowers to a dragon's mouth. As the name of a Christmas game of plucking raisins from burning brandy and eating them alight, from 1704.

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