from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genus Sanicula, having usually compound leaves and compound umbels of small yellow, purple, or greenish flowers, formerly used as an astringent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several plants, of the genus Sanicula, having palmate compound leaves and small flowers arranged in umbels; the snakeroot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any plant of the umbelliferous genus Sanicula, reputed to have healing powers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Sanicula.
- n. A plant of some other genus. See the phrases.
- n. Sanicula Marilandica. Also called black snakeroot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant of the genus Sanicula having palmately compound leaves and unisexual flowers in panicled umbels followed by bristly fruit; reputed to have healing powers
Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sānicula, probably from Latin sānus, healthy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)