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


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin sānicula, probably from Latin sānus, healthy.


  • Cadfael bathed away the encrusted exudations and cleaned the gash with a lotion of water betony and sanicle.

    The Hermit of Eyton Forest

  • They cleaned the broken wound of its exudations with a lotion of woundwort and sanicle, and dressed it with a paste of the same herbs with betony and the chickweed wintergreen, covered it with clean linen, and swathed the patient's wasted trunk with bandages to keep the dressing in place.

    An Excellent Mystery

  • Down that path of rosy mint and astringent fennel the laughter is like Gerard's sanicle – "a thing to make whole and sound all inward hurts and outward wounds."

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • The slender mitella, or fringe-cup, or false sanicle – one does not like a false name for a flower – hangs its tiny white cups at intervals on a tall, slender, two-leaved stalk; a pretty, unpretending little thing, which scatters its black seeds very early in the season.

    Rural Hours

  • The northern character also appears in the Galium caripense, the Valeriana scandens, and a sanicle not unlike the S. marilandica.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 1


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