seneca snakeroot

noun

Definition of seneca snakeroot

: a milkwort (Polygala senega) of eastern North America having racemes of small white flowers

called also rattlesnake root, senega root

— compare senega

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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“Seneca snakeroot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/seneca%20snakeroot. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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seneca snakeroot

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sen·​e·​ca snakeroot | \ ˈsen-i-kə- How to pronounce seneca snakeroot (audio) \

Medical Definition of seneca snakeroot

: a North American plant of the genus Polygala (P. senega) whose dried root was formerly used as an expectorant

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