rattlesnake root


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rattlesnake root a plant of the genus Nabalus
    • n rattlesnake root herb of central and southern Europe having purple florets
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rattlesnake root (Bot) a name given to certain American species of the composite genus Prenanthes Prenanthes alba and Prenanthes serpentaria), formerly asserted to cure the bite of the rattlesnake. Called also lion's foot gall of the earth, and white lettuce.
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In literature:

Then he showed her a rattlesnake coiled by the roots of some sage-brush.
"The Virginian" by Owen Wister
Half-way down the rock ladder I grabbed a root, which turned out to be a young rattlesnake, and was so surprised that I pretty near took flight.
"Curly" by Roger Pocock

In news:

On the day we visited, a large limb bone (perhaps camel), an eagle toe, articulated rattlesnake vertebrae, plant roots and seed pods were being exposed.