snapdragon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snapdragon a garden plant of the genus Antirrhinum having showy white or yellow or crimson flowers resembling the face of a dragon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snapdragon A play in which raisins are snatched from a vessel containing burning brandy, and eaten; also, that which is so eaten. See Flapdragon.
    • Snapdragon (Bot) A West Indian herb (Ruellia tuberosa) with curiously shaped blue flowers.
    • Snapdragon (Bot) Any plant of the scrrophulariaceous genus Antirrhinum, especially the cultivated A. majus, whose showy flowers are fancifully likened to the face of a dragon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snapdragon A plant of the genus Antirrhinum, especially the common garden-flower A. majus and its varieties. It is an herb from one to three feet high, bearing showy crimson, purple, white, or variegated flowers in spikes. The name is suggested by the mask-like corolla, whence also numerous provincial names, such as calf-snout or calves'-snout, lion's-mouth, rabbit's-mouth, frog's-mouth, etc. The plant is a native of southern Europe. (See cut B under Didynamia.) The small snapdragon is A. Orontium, an inferior plant. A. speciosum, a fine plant from islands off the California coast, has received some notice under the name of Gambel's snapdragon. A. maurandioides is a cultivated vine, better known as Maurandia. Various species of Linaria, especially L. vulgaris, the common toad-flax, have been so named; also several other plants with personate flowers.
    • n snapdragon A sport in which raisins or grapes are snapped from burning brandy and eaten.
    • n snapdragon A glass-makers' longs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Snapdragon a plant, so called because the lower lip of the corolla when parted shuts with a snap like a dragon's jaw: a Christmas pastime in which raisins are snatched out of a dish in which brandy is burning, in a room otherwise darkā€”also the raisins so taken
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. snappen, to snap; Ger. schnappen.

Usage

In literature:

They promised mistletoe, snapdragon, and Sir Roger de Coverley.
"The Red Cross Girl" by Richard Harding Davis
There followed the Stocking, the Waits, the Carols, the Turkey, the Christmas Cake, the Tree, the Presents, Snapdragon, Bed...
"Jeremy" by Hugh Walpole
More in the abstract, they were snatching at a snapdragon bowl.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
They promised mistletoe, snapdragon, and Sir Roger de Coverley.
"Somewhere in France" by Richard Harding Davis
It would be too like playing at snapdragon.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)" by Frederic G. Kenyon
It is the gory horn of the snapdragon.
"The Light in the Clearing" by Irving Bacheller
B., who writes for the 'Snapdragon.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 5, No. 28, February, 1860" by Various
Perhaps two of the smallest flowers of that snapdragon which I see growing in the hedge would fit me.
"Wonder-Box Tales" by Jean Ingelow
Snapdragons, in every shade of yellow and pink and deep, rich rose, stood in tall jars, wherever there was a dark corner to be lighted up.
"The Making of a Soul" by Kathlyn Rhodes
Between the lamp and the prism I interpose a snapdragon light.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The old had vied with the young at snatching raisins from the burning snapdragon.
"Masterpieces of Mystery, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by Various
SNAPDRAGON, bud-variation in, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
In the courtyard there is a border of hollyhocks and snapdragon and asters.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler
The lesser snapdragon grows in sandy soil, and is found in cornfields in the south of England and Ireland.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Any light soil, well enriched with rotted manure, will grow Snapdragons to perfection.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
The 1st of May or a little later Honeysuckles, Phlox, Snapdragon, Zinnias, and annual Larkspurs appear.
"Beautiful Gardens in America" by Louise Shelton
The old had vied with the young at snatching raisins from the burning snapdragon.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various
Lady Diana Templeton smiled like a mauve-pink snapdragon, and Mrs Monnerie led me on.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
Help had come in his way, and he snapped at it as suddenly as if it were a dish of snapdragon.
"Prince Charlie" by Burford Delannoy
Like the old-fashioned folk they were, they had a snapdragon and plenty of mistletoe and plenty of the usual jokes about both.
"Mrs. Maxon Protests" by Anthony Hope
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In news:

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Occupiers Attempt Citizens Arrest of Mayor over Snapdragon Decision.
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Hands-On With Qualcomm's Snappy Snapdragon S4 Pro Tablet.
Snapdragon -Based Smart TVs, Notebooks To Come.
Page 1 of 2 Qualcomm's Snapdragon mobile processors have carved a significant space for themselves in today's mobile market, where they power hundreds of smartphones ranging from the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Demand for Snapdragon Outstripping Supply.
Qualcomm warns of smartphone Snapdragon chip shortage.
Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon S4 'Pro' Processor.
Snapdragon Stadium unveiled for bowl season.
Qualcomm Stadium became Snapdragon Stadium Friday morning as part of a 10 day push to promote the San Diego wireless giant's processors used in smart phones.
That's likely to change with the new dual-core Snapdragons being first introduced in the HTC EVO 3D later this month.
Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon Mobile Chipsets, Gobi3000 Modules.
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