alligator button

noun

1
2
: the flower or fruit of the water chinquapin

Word History

Etymology

so called from the appearance of the seeds and its growth in the habitat of alligators

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alligator button was in 1920

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“Alligator button.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alligator%20button. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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