snap·​drag·​on | \ ˈsnap-ˌdra-gən How to pronounce snapdragon (audio) \

Definition of snapdragon

: any of a genus (Antirrhinum of the family Scrophulariaceae, the snapdragon family) of herbs having showy bilabiate flowers especially : a widely cultivated one (A. majus) of Mediterranean origin having usually pink, red, yellow, or white flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web My grandmother Ricka taught me flower names in her garden: snapdragon, iris, tulip. New York Times, "Tiny Love Stories: ‘Sometimes a Romantic Plan Isn’t Enough’," 28 Apr. 2020 To supplement the naturalized zinnias, obtain Dreamland transplants from your favorite nursery to fill in the space that will be available when the snapdragons decline. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What’s blooming in S.A. gardens now in April," 20 Apr. 2018 The bouquet includes seven sunflowers, seven orange roses, three ruscus, three purple snapdragons, seven Viking poms (small yellow daisies) and three flax loops, according to the foundation’s description. cleveland, "Valentine’s Day gifts with a ‘powerful purpose’ from Prayers From Maria in Rocky River," 10 Feb. 2020 The processor is clocked in a 3.0GHz and has some snapdragon blood inside of it. CNN Money, "Microsoft's Surface Pro X is for many, but not everyone yet," 5 Nov. 2019 Cool weather annual flowers such as snapdragons, stocks, dianthus, alyssum and calendula can be planted as transplants in September. Calvin Finch,, "Now is the time to spread wildflower seed in your San Antonio garden," 6 Sep. 2019 In many situations deer pass up zinnias and snapdragons. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 11 May 2018 Continue to deadhead: Remove faded, dead flowers from cool-season bedding plants, such as foxglove, columbine, snapdragon and dianthus. Dan Gill,, "This week's gardening tips: stake tomato plants and add sod," 29 Apr. 2018 Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Feed your garden so it can feed you | The Sacramento Bee," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of snapdragon

1573, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snapdragon

from the fancied resemblance of the flowers to the face of a dragon

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The first known use of snapdragon was in 1573

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“Snapdragon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snapdragon

: a tall plant that has many usually pink, white, red, or yellow flowers


snap·​drag·​on | \ ˈsnap-ˌdra-gən How to pronounce snapdragon (audio) \

Kids Definition of snapdragon

: a garden plant with stalks of usually white, pink, red, or yellow flowers with petals resembling two lips

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