Meaning of snakeroot

snake•root

Pronunciation: (snāk'rt", -root"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various plants whose roots have been regarded as a remedy for snakebites, as the herb Aristolochia serpentariahaving a medicinal rhizome and rootlets, and the white-flowered Polygala senegahaving a medicinal root.
  2. the root or rhizome of such a plant.
  3. the North American bugbane.
  4. a white eupatorium, Eupatorium rugosum.
  5. a plant, Rauwolfia serpentina (or Rauvolfia serpentina), whose roots are the source of reserpine and other drugs.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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