Snakeroot Snake"root`, n. (Bot.) 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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The Virginia snakeroot is {Aristolochia Serpentaria}; black snakeroot is {Sanicula}, esp. {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. [1913 Webster]

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  • snakeroot — ☆ snakeroot [snākro͞ot΄, snākroot΄ ] n. 1. any of a number of plants reputed to be remedies for snakebites, as the black snakeroot (genus Sanicula) of the umbel family or the white snakeroot ( Eupatorium rugosum) of the composite family 2. the… …   English World dictionary

  • Snakeroot — The related genus Eupatorium also contains plants called snakeroot . Virginia Snakeroot ( Aristolochia serpentaria ) and Canadian Snakeroot ( Asarum canadense ) are unrelated plants.Taxobox name = Snakeroot image width = 200px image caption =… …   Wikipedia

  • snakeroot — noun Date: 1635 any of various plants (as seneca snakeroot and Virginia snakeroot) most of which have roots sometimes believed to cure snakebites; also the root of such a plant …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • snakeroot — /snayk rooht , root /, n. 1. 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… …   Universalium

  • snakeroot — vaistinė kartuolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Kartuolinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Aristolochia serpentaria), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aristolochia serpentaria angl. snakeroot; Virginia serpentary; Virginia… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • snakeroot — SYN: serpentaria. Canada s. SYN: Asarum canadense. European s. SYN: Asarum europaeum. Seneca s. SYN: senega. Texas s. botanical source of serpentaria. Virginia s. Aristolochia serpentaria; botanical source of serpentaria. * * * snake·root .rüt,… …   Medical dictionary

  • snakeroot — n. any of a number of plants whose roots are thought to be a cure for snakebites; root of a snakeroot plant …   English contemporary dictionary

  • snakeroot — noun 1》 a North American plant reputed to contain an antidote to snake poison. [Aristolochia serpentaria and other species.] 2》 a plant with snake like roots, yielding medicinal drugs. [Rauwolfia serpentina (Indian snakeroot, SE Asia) and related …   English new terms dictionary

  • snakeroot — /ˈsneɪkrut/ (say snaykrooht) noun 1. any of various plants whose roots have been regarded as a remedy for snakebites, as Aristolochia serpentaria (Virginia snakeroot), a herb with medicinal rhizome and rootlets. 2. the root or rhizome of such a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • snakeroot — 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 …   Wiktionary