Serpentaria

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Serpentaria (Med) The fibrous aromatic root of the Virginia snakeroot (Aristolochia Serpentaria).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n serpentaria The officinal name of the rhizome and rootlets of Aristolochia Serpentaria, the Virginia snakeroot; serpentary-root. It has the properties of a stimulant tonic, acting also as a diaphoretic or diuretic. See snakeroot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Serpentaria the Virginia snakeroot
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. (sc. herba,), fr. serpens, serpent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. serpens, -entis, pr.p. of serpĕre, to creep; akin to Gr. herpein.

Usage

In literature:

Serpentaria virginiana, aristolochia serpentaria, guaiacum.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The Texas serpentaria has a larger rootstock, with fewer roots less interlaced than the Virginia serpentaria.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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