Snake's-head iris
Snake's-head Snake's"-head`, n. (Bot.) The Guinea-hen flower; -- so called in England because its spotted petals resemble the scales of a snake's head. --Dr. Prior. [1913 Webster]

{Snake's-head iris} (Bot.), an iridaceous plant ({Hermodactylus tuberosus}) of the Mediterranean region. The flowers slightly resemble a serpent's open mouth. [1913 Webster]


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