rattlesnake master


Definition of rattlesnake master

: a perennial herb (Eryngium yuccifolium) of the carrot family native to the eastern half of the U.S. that has a basal rosette of bluish-green, fibrous, parallel-veined, swordlike leaves that may reach a length of 30 inches (76 centimeters) and small, greenish-white flowers clustered in dense flower heads resembling thistle : button snakeroot sense 2

Note: The sap of rattlesnake master was once thought to prevent snake bites.

First Known Use of rattlesnake master

1843, in the meaning defined above

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“Rattlesnake master.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattlesnake%20master. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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