from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A North American perennial plant (Scutellaria lateriflora) having one-sided clusters of two-lipped blue or white flowers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An American mint (Scutellaria lateriflora) that yields a resinous exudate used esp. formerly as an antispasmodic.
- n. an American herb (Scetellaria lateriflora) formerly prescribed as a cure for hydrophobia.
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- n. an American mint that yields a resinous exudate used especially formerly as an antispasmodic
So called from its use as an antispasmodic.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)