Prenanthes alba
Rattlesnake Rat"tle*snake` (r[a^]t"t'l*sn[=a]k`), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of venomous American snakes belonging to the genera {Crotalus} and {Caudisona}, or {Sistrurus}; sometimes also called {rattler}. They have a series of horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken. The common rattlesnake of the Northern United States ({Crotalus horridus}), and the {diamondback rattlesnake} (also called {diamondback rattler}, and {diamondback}) of the South and East ({Crotalus adamanteus}) and West ({Crotalus atrox}), are the best known. See Illust. of {Fang}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

{Ground rattlesnake} (Zo["o]l.), a small rattlesnake ({Caudisona miliaria} or {Sistrurus miliaria}) of the Southern United States, having a small rattle. It has nine large scales on its head.

{Rattlesnake fern} (Bot.), a common American fern ({Botrychium Virginianum}) having a triangular decompound frond and a long-stalked panicle of spore cases rising from the middle of the frond.

{Rattlesnake grass} (Bot.), a handsome American grass ({Glyceria Canadensis}) with an ample panicle of rather large ovate spikelets, each one composed of imbricated parts and slightly resembling the rattle of the rattlesnake. Sometimes called {quaking grass}.

{Rattlesnake plantain} (Bot.), See under {Plantain}.

{Rattlesnake root} (Bot.), a name given to certain American species of the composite genus {Prenanthes} ({Prenanthes alba} and {Prenanthes serpentaria}), formerly asserted to cure the bite of the rattlesnake. Called also {lion's foot}, {gall of the earth}, and {white lettuce}.

{Rattlesnake's master} (Bot.) (a) A species of Agave ({Agave Virginica}) growing in the Southern United States. (b) An umbelliferous plant ({Eryngium yucc[ae]folium}) with large bristly-fringed linear leaves. (c) A composite plant, the blazing star ({Liatris squarrosa}).

{Rattlesnake weed} (Bot.), a plant of the composite genus {Hieracium} ({Hieracium venosum}); -- probably so named from its spotted leaves. See also {Snakeroot}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Prenanthes alba — ID 67613 Symbol Key PRAL2 Common Name white rattlesnakeroot Family Asteraceae Category Dicot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AR, CT, DC, DE, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH,… …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Prenanthes alba — noun herb of northeastern North America having drooping clusters of yellowish white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Prenanthes • Syn: ↑white lettuce, ↑cankerweed, ↑Nabalus alba • Hypernyms: ↑rattlesnake root • Member Holonyms: ↑Nabalu …   Useful english dictionary

  • Prenanthes alba L. — Symbol PRAL2 Common Name white rattlesnakeroot Botanical Family Asteraceae …   Scientific plant list

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  • Prenanthes serpentaria — Rattlesnake Rat tle*snake (r[a^]t t l*sn[=a]k ), n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of venomous American snakes belonging to the genera {Crotalus} and {Caudisona}, or {Sistrurus}; sometimes also called {rattler}. They have a series of horny …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prenanthes — Taxobox name = Rattlesnake root image width = 200px image caption = Prenanthes racemosa regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida familia = Asteraceae tribus = Cichorieae genus = Prenanthes genus authority = L. subdivision… …   Wikipedia

  • Nabalus alba — noun herb of northeastern North America having drooping clusters of yellowish white flowers; sometimes placed in genus Prenanthes • Syn: ↑white lettuce, ↑cankerweed, ↑Prenanthes alba • Hypernyms: ↑rattlesnake root • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • P. alba — may refer to: Plumeria alba, a large evergreen shrub species native from Central America and the Caribbean Populus alba, the white poplar, a tree speciesnative from Spain and Morocco through central Europe to central Asia Prenanthes alba, the… …   Wikipedia

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