from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A plant, Prenanthes serpentaria, also
P. albaand P. altissima, the first at least having some repute in North Carolina, etc., as a remedy for snake-bites. See Prenanthesand cancer-weed.
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These plants are sometimes called lion's-foot, rattlesnake-root, but the name of Bird-bell is the most pleasing, and was probably given them from their flowering about the time when the birds collect in flocks, preparatory to their flight southward, as though the blossoms rung a warning chime in the woods, to draw them together.
This is a different thing from the Seneca rattlesnake-root; there's more cure in an ounce of this than in a pound of that.