viper's grass

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n viper's grass perennial south European herb having narrow entire leaves and solitary yellow flower heads and long black edible roots shaped like carrots
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Viper's grass (Bot) a perennial composite herb (Scorzonera Hispanica) with narrow, entire leaves, and solitary heads of yellow flowers. The long, white, carrot-shaped roots are used for food in Spain and some other countries. Called also viper grass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Viper's grass a European perennial of the aster family
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vipera (contr. of vivipara)—vivus, living, parĕre, to bring forth.