Button snakeroot
Button But"ton, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud, prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See {Butt} an end.] 1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass. [1913 Webster]

2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten together the different parts of dress, by being attached to one part, and passing through a slit, called a buttonhole, in the other; -- used also for ornament. [1913 Webster]

3. A bud; a germ of a plant. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated, turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a door. [1913 Webster]

5. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a crucible, after fusion. [1913 Webster]

{Button hook}, a hook for catching a button and drawing it through a buttonhole, as in buttoning boots and gloves.

{Button shell} (Zo["o]l.), a small, univalve marine shell of the genus {Rotella}.

{Button snakeroot}. (Bot.) (a) The American composite genus {Liatris}, having rounded buttonlike heads of flowers. (b) An American umbelliferous plant with rigid, narrow leaves, and flowers in dense heads.

{Button tree} (Bot.), a genus of trees ({Conocarpus}), furnishing durable timber, mostly natives of the West Indies.

{To hold by the button}, to detain in conversation to weariness; to bore; to buttonhole. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • button snakeroot — noun 1. coarse prickly perennial eryngo of United States thought to cure rattlesnake bite • Syn: ↑rattlesnake master, ↑rattlesnake s master, ↑Eryngium yuccifolium • Hypernyms: ↑perennial • Member Holonyms: ↑Eryngium …   Useful english dictionary

  • button snakeroot — agavinė zunda statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Salierinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Eryngium yuccifolium), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Eryngium yuccifolium angl. button eryngo; button snakeroot; rattlesnake… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • button snakeroot — tankiagraižis liatris statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Astrinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Liatris pycnostachya), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Liatris pycnostachya angl. button snakeroot; thick spike gayfeather šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • button snakeroot — noun Date: 1775 1. blazing star 2a 2. any of several usually prickly herbs (genus Eryngium) of the carrot family …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • button snakeroot — 1. any composite plant of the genus Liatris, having narrow, alternate leaves and spikelike heads of rose purple flowers. 2. an eryngo, Eryngium yuccifolium, of the southeastern U.S., having bristly leaves and whitish flowers. [1765 75, Amer.] * * …   Universalium

  • button snakeroot — but′ton snake′root n. 1) pln any composite plant of the genus Liatris, having narrow, alternate leaves and spikelike heads of rose purple flowers 2) pln a plant, Eryngium yuccifolium, of the parsley family, native to the southeastern U.S., having …   From formal English to slang

  • prairie button snakeroot — a stout composite plant, Liatris pycnostachya, of prairies in the central U.S., having showy, rose purple flower heads in dense spikes. Also called Kansas gay feather. * * * …   Universalium

  • prairie button snakeroot — noun : kansas gay feather * * * a stout composite plant, Liatris pycnostachya, of prairies in the central U.S., having showy, rose purple flower heads in dense spikes. Also called Kansas gay feather …   Useful english dictionary

  • Snakeroot — Snake root , n. (Bot.) Any one of several plants of different genera and species, most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the roots of any of these. [1913 Webster] Note: The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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