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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Snakeroot  \Snake"root`\,  n.  (Bot.) 
  Any  one  of  several  plants  of  different  genera  and  species, 
  most  of  which  are  (or  were  formerly)  reputed  to  be 
  efficacious  as  remedies  for  the  bites  of  serpents;  also  the 
  roots  of  any  of  these 
  Note:  The  Virginia  snakeroot  is  {Aristolochia  Serpentaria}; 
  black  snakeroot  is  {Sanicula},  esp.  {S.  Marilandica}, 
  also  {Cimicifuga  racemosa};  Seneca  snakeroot  is 
  {Polygala  Senega};  button  snakeroot  is  {Liatris},  also 
  {Eryngium};  white  snakeroot  is  {Eupatorium 
  ageratoides}.  The  name  is  also  applied  to  some  others 
  besides  these 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  plant  of  the  genus  Sanicula  having  palmately  compound 
  leaves  and  unisexual  flowers  in  panicled  umbels  followed 
  by  bristly  fruit;  reputed  to  have  healing  powers  [syn:  {sanicle}] 
  2:  any  of  various  North  American  plants  of  the  genus  Liatris 
  having  racemes  or  panicles  of  small  discoid  flower  heads 
  [syn:  {blazing  star},  {button  snakeroot},  {gayfeather}] 

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