American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Antirrhinum, especially the widely cultivated Mediterranean herb A. majus, having showy racemes of two-lipped, variously colored flowers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Antirrhinum, especially the common garden-flower A. majus and its varieties. It is an herb from one to three feet high, bearing showy crimson, purple, white, or variegated flowers in spikes. The name is suggested by the mask-like corolla, whence also numerous provincial names, such as calf-snout or calves'-snout, lion's-mouth, rabbit's-mouth, frog's-mouth, etc. The plant is a native of southern Europe. (See cut B under Didynamia.) The small snapdragon is A. Orontium, an inferior plant. A. speciosum, a fine plant from islands off the California coast, has received some notice under the name of Gambel's snapdragon. A. maurandioides is a cultivated vine, better known as Maurandia. Various species of Linaria, especially L. vulgaris, the common toad-flax, have been so named; also several other plants with personate flowers.
- n. A sport in which raisins or grapes are snapped from burning brandy and eaten.
- n. A glass-makers' longs.
- n. Any plant of the genus Antirrhinum, with showy yellow, white or red flowers supposedly like the face of a dragon.
- n. A game in which raisins are snatched from a vessel containing burning brandy, and eaten.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any plant of the scrrophulariaceous genus Antirrhinum, especially the cultivated A. majus, whose showy flowers are fancifully likened to the face of a dragon.
- n. A West Indian herb (Ruellia tuberosa) with curiously shaped blue flowers.
- n. A play in which raisins are snatched from a vessel containing burning brandy, and eaten; also, that which is so eaten. See Flapdragon.
- n. a garden plant of the genus Antirrhinum having showy white or yellow or crimson flowers resembling the face of a dragon
- snap + dragon (Wiktionary)
- From the imagined resemblance of the flowers to the mouth of a dragon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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