snake·​weed | \ ˈsnāk-ˌwēd How to pronounce snakeweed (audio) \

Definition of snakeweed

: any of various plants popularly associated with snakes (as in appearance, habitat, or the treatment of snakebite) especially : any of an American genus (Gutierrezia) of composite herbs or low shrubs with clustered yellow flower heads

Examples of snakeweed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But also hickory, chestnut, elms and birches, and joe-pye weed, aster, marsh marigold, skunk cabbage, snakeweed. Matthew Cicanese And Erika Reiter, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2020 Dryland Wilds captures the true scent of New Mexico by imbuing its soaps, perfumes and lip tints with such native flora as sagebrush, snakeweed, rosehip and thistle. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of snakeweed

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Snakeweed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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