rattlesnake root


: any of various plants formerly believed to be distasteful to rattlesnakes or effective against their venom: such as
: any of a genus (Prenanthes, especially P. altissima) of composite plants with small heads of drooping ligulate flowers

Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rattlesnake root was in 1682

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“Rattlesnake root.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattlesnake%20root. Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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