Definition of Snakeroot

1. Noun. A plant of the genus Sanicula having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers in panicled umbels followed by bristly fruit; reputed to have healing powers.




2. Noun. Any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads.

Definition of Snakeroot

1. n. Any one of several plants of different genera and species, most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the roots of any of these.

Definition of Snakeroot

1. Noun. Any member of the genus ''Ageratina'' of perennials and rounded shrubs from the sunflower family, growing mainly in the warmer regions of the Americas. ¹

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Definition of Snakeroot

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Medical Definition of Snakeroot

1. Any one of several plants of different genera and species, most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the roots of any of these. The Virginia snakeroot is Aristolochia Serpentaria; black snakeroot is Sanicula, especially. S. Marilandica, also Cimicifuga racemosa; Seneca snakeroot is Polygala Senega; button snakeroot is Liatris, also Eryngium; white snakeroot is Eupatorium ageratoides. The name is also applied to some others besides these. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Snakeroot

snakehead
snakeheads
snakehood
snakeless
snakelet
snakelets
snakelike
snakeling
snakelings
snakemeat
snakeneck
snakenecks
snakepit
snakepits
snakeproof
snakeroot (current term)
snakeroots
snakes
snakes alive
snakes and ladders
snakeskin
snakeskins
snakestone
snakestones
snakeweed
snakeweeds
snakewhip
snakewhips
snakewise
snakewood

Literary usage of Snakeroot

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1. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Plant Industry (1905)
"snakeroot, corn-. See Eryngium yuccifolium and ... snakeroot, Seneca. See Polygala senega. snakeroot, smaller white. ..."

2. Materia Medica and Therapeutics for Physicians and Students by John Barclay Biddle, Clement Biddle (1895)
"Virginia snakeroot is found in the shops in tufts of long, slender, ... Virginia snakeroot possesses a somewhat bitter, pungent and aromatic taste. ..."

3. Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants: A Book of Valuable Information for by Arthur Robert Harding (1908)
"snakeroot —CANADA AND VIRGINIA. Canada snakeroot ... DESCRIPTION OF PLANT —' Canada snakeroot is a small, apparently stemless perennial, not more than 6 to ..."

4. Principles of Pharmacy by Henry Vinecome Arny (1917)
"Thus, Serpentaria is given as both the Latin and English name of what is commonly known as Virginia snakeroot, and the latter term is used as the synonym. ..."

5. Forty years in the wilderness of pills and powders, or, The cogitations and by William Andrus Alcott (1859)
"MEASLES WITHOUT snakeroot AND SAFFRON. IN the early part of the year 1854, measles prevailed considerably, and was rather severe even under the most ..."

6. A Universal Formulary: Containing the Methods of Preparing and Administering by Robert Eglesfeld Griffith, Robert Pennell Thomas (1866)
"VIRGINIA snakeroot. Virginia snakeroot is furnished by several species of ... Macerate the snakeroot for a day or two in a pint of alcohol, introduce into a ..."

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