Virginia snakeroot


: a birthwort (Aristolochia serpentaria) of the eastern U.S. with oblong leaves usually cordate at the base and pointed at the tip and a solitary basal brownish-purple flower

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First Known Use

1694, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Virginia snakeroot was in 1694

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“Virginia snakeroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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Virginia snakeroot

Vir·​gin·​ia snakeroot vər-ˌjin-yə-, -ˌjin-ē-ə- How to pronounce Virginia snakeroot (audio)
: a plant of the genus Aristolochia (A. serpentaria) of the eastern United States with oblong leaves cordate at the base and a solitary basal brownish purple flower see serpentaria
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