American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Prenanthes, having bitter-tasting tuberous roots and white to purple ligulate flower heads.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. herb of central and southern Europe having purple florets
- n. a plant of the genus Nabalus
- From the belief that the root cured a rattlesnake's bite. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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