seneca snakeroot


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

called also rattlesnake root, senega root

compare senega

Illustration of seneca snakeroot

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seneca snakeroot was in 1739

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“Seneca snakeroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition

seneca snakeroot

sen·​e·​ca snakeroot ˈsen-i-kə- How to pronounce seneca snakeroot (audio)
: a North American plant of the genus Polygala (P. senega) whose dried root was formerly used as an expectorant
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