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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Examples of snapdragon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The snapdragon gene in Martin’s tomato, for instance, is known as a transcription factor: essentially, a kind of volume knob that regulates how much of something a particular gene will produce. New York Times, 20 July 2021 My grandmother Ricka taught me flower names in her garden: snapdragon, iris, tulip. New York Times, 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, 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, 10 Feb. 2020 The processor is clocked in a 3.0GHz and has some snapdragon blood inside of it. CNN Money, 5 Nov. 2019 Cool weather annual flowers such as snapdragons, stocks, dianthus, alyssum and calendula can be planted as transplants in September. Calvin Finch,, 6 Sep. 2019 In many situations deer pass up zinnias and snapdragons. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2018 Continue to deadhead: Remove faded, dead flowers from cool-season bedding plants, such as foxglove, columbine, snapdragon and dianthus. Dan Gill,, 29 Apr. 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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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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