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

Illustration of snapdragon

Illustration of snapdragon

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The same is true of snapdragons and low-growing sweet alyssum. Carol Stocker,, 3 May 2023 The frost-proof flowers include pansies, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, calendulas and sweet alyssum, and the vegetables include plants from the brassica family ― cabbage, brussels sprout and radishes ― as well as root vegetables, leafy greens, peas, and fava beans. Marina Johnson, Detroit Free Press, 18 Apr. 2023 The plant choices range from lavender and catnip to snapdragons and alpine strawberry. Treehugger Editors, Treehugger, 14 Apr. 2023 Snapdragon No need to wait until after the last frost to put snapdragon plants in the ground. Jeanne Ambrose, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023 Among the most colorful blooming plants now are the pomegranates, blue curl, mutabilis roses and snapdragons. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Apr. 2023 The Flower Remedy now has 13 garden beds that sprout ranunculus, cosmos, anemones, snapdragons and other flowers. Roxana Becerril, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2023 Mainstays of cottage gardens, snapdragons come in nearly all the colors and hues of the rainbow. Jeanne Ambrose, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023 Flower seeds to start: Rhodochitins, fibrous begonias, dahlias lobelia (don’t cover seeds), snapdragons (don’t cover seed and grow cool), carnations, verbena, pelargoniums, hollyhocks. Jeff Lowenfels | Alaska Gardening And Growing, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snapdragon was in 1573

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Cite this Entry

“Snapdragon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


snap·​drag·​on ˈsnap-ˌdrag-ən How to pronounce snapdragon (audio)
: a widely grown herb having showy usually pink, red, white, or yellow two-lipped flowers

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