snakeweed
noun Date: 1597 any of various plants popularly associated with snakes (as in appearance, habitat, or the treatment of snakebite); especially any of an American genus (Gutierrezia) of composite herbs or low shrubs with clustered yellow flower heads

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Snakeweed — Snake weed , n. (Bot.) (a) A kind of knotweed ({Polygonum Bistorta}). (b) The Virginia snakeroot. See {Snakeroot}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snakeweed — [snākwēd΄] n. any of several plants supposedly resembling snakes or reputedly a cure for snakebites; specif., a) any of various plants (genus Gutierrezia) of the composite family, with small, yellow flower heads b) BISTORT ☆ c) SNAKEROOT …   English World dictionary

  • snakeweed — noun low growing sticky subshrub of southwestern United States having narrow linear leaves on many slender branches and hundreds of tiny yellow flower heads • Syn: ↑rabbitweed, ↑rabbit weed, ↑broom snakeweed, ↑broom snakeroot, ↑turpentine weed,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • snakeweed — /snayk weed /, n. bistort (def. 1). [1590 1600; SNAKE + WEED1] * * * …   Universalium

  • snakeweed — noun a) Any of various, unrelated plants reputed to cure snakebite b) A poisonous American plant of the genus Gutierrezia …   Wiktionary

  • snakeweed — n. (Botany) wild shrub used as medicine to cure snakebite; bistort; Virginia snakeroot; adderwort …   English contemporary dictionary

  • snakeweed — snake•weed [[t]ˈsneɪkˌwid[/t]] n. pln bistort 1) • Etymology: 1590–1600 …   From formal English to slang

  • snakeweed — /ˈsneɪkwid/ (say snaykweed) noun any of a number of plants of the genus Stachytarpheta, a common weed of tropical and subtropical areas …   Australian English dictionary

  • broom snakeweed — noun low growing sticky subshrub of southwestern United States having narrow linear leaves on many slender branches and hundreds of tiny yellow flower heads • Syn: ↑rabbitweed, ↑rabbit weed, ↑snakeweed, ↑broom snakeroot, ↑turpentine weed,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • little-head snakeweed — noun similar to Gutierrezia sarothrae but with flower heads having fewer rays and disk flowers • Syn: ↑Gutierrezia microcephala • Hypernyms: ↑matchweed, ↑matchbush …   Useful english dictionary

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