Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants, such as bistort, reputed to have the power to cure snakebite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various, unrelated plants reputed to cure snakebite.
  • n. A poisonous American plant of the genus Gutierrezia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of knotweed (Polygonum Bistorta).
  • n. The Virginia snakeroot. See snakeroot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bistort, Polygonum Bistorta, a perennial herb of the northern parts of both hemispheres. Its root is a powerful astringent, sometimes employed in medicine. Also adder's-wort and snakewort. See bistort.
  • n. The Virginia snakeroot. See snakeroot.
  • n. Vaguely, any of the weedy plants among which snakes are supposed to abound.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. low-growing sticky subshrub of southwestern United States having narrow linear leaves on many slender branches and hundreds of tiny yellow flower heads

Etymologies

snake +‎ weed (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The children have learned to identify wild edible and medicinal plants in our bioregion, helping to harvest prickly pear and banana yucca fruit each season, as well as to appreciate the healing benefits of juniper berries, snakeweed, mallow, horehound, and more.

    Randall Amster: "I Want to Be a Farmer": Food Justice, Out of the Mouths of Babes

  • Beneath fields of tamarisk and prickly pear, Indian ricegrass, snakeweed, and Russian thistle, a plume of contaminated water stretched for a subterranean mile.3 The stream, half again as wide as it was long, contained about 4.5 million polluted gallons from the ore itself and the various chemicals that VCA poured through it to draw the uranium out.

    Yellow Dirt

  • Round the body of the trees, planted some at their root, and some upon the different parts of the trunk, crept the withy, the snakeweed, the ivy, and the hop, and intermingled with them the jessamine and the honeysuckle, in the most unbounded profusion.

    Imogen A Pastoral Romance

  • The pair gave the yellow flowering plant the scientific name Gutierrezia elegans and a common name Lone Mesa snakeweed.

    Durangoherald.com

  • The plant's scientific name then became "Gutierrezia elegans," commonly known as Lone Mesa snakeweed.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • Schneider said he and his wife, Betty, have found 700 of the Lone Mesa snakeweed plants in a portion of the park, a small number in comparison to other well-known species.

    Vail Daily - Top Stories

  • The Environmental Quality Incentives Program will be discussed, as well as: mechanical and chemical control of mesquite and cedar; precision brush management using global information systems; brush management in conservation reserve program lands; yucca, cholla and broom snakeweed control; herbicide management of sand shinoak and other brush species; prescribed burning; biological control of saltcedar; and utilizing mesquite as a biofuel.

    High Plains Journal

  • Briony herself gets a foot note, as she shares her name with a family of wicked plants, Bryonia which includes snakeweed and bastard turnip, and causes vomiting dizziness and respiratory failure.

    Archive 2009-08-02

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