snake·​root ˈsnāk-ˌrüt How to pronounce snakeroot (audio)
: any of various plants (such as seneca snakeroot and Virginia snakeroot) most of which have roots sometimes believed to cure snakebites
also : the root of such a plant

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Around this time on a recent Thursday, a dozen people clustered on one side of the falls, along two ledges that were blanketed in snakeroot, yellow jewelweed, spotted Joe-Pye weed and pale swallowwort. Jessica Suarez Oliver Whang, New York Times, 13 Sep. 2022 According to The Drinks Business, the two-year bourbon is also flavored with raspberry, Canadian snakeroot, fir needles, birch bark and maple syrup. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, 15 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1635, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snakeroot was in 1635

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Cite this Entry

“Snakeroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


snake·​root ˈsnā-ˌkrüt How to pronounce snakeroot (audio)
: any of various plants sometimes believed to be a cure for snakebites or illness
also : the root of a snakeroot

Medical Definition


snake·​root -ˌrüt, -ˌru̇t How to pronounce snakeroot (audio)
: any of numerous plants most of which have roots sometimes believed to cure snakebites
also : the root of such a plant see seneca snakeroot
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