from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various plants, such as black cohosh, rattlesnake master, sanicle, or wild ginger, having roots reputed to cure snakebite.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A name of numerous plants of different genera, whose root either has a snake-like appearance, or has sometimes been regarded as a remedy for snakes' bites, or both. Several have a medicinal value. Compare
- noun The black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa. whose root is an officinal remedy used in chorea, and formerly for rheumatism.
- noun A general name for the species of Liatris: so called from the button-shaped corms, or from the button-like heads of some species, and from their reputed remedial property. (See cut under
Liatris.) L. spicata, also called gay-feather, is said to have diuretic and other properties.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Bot.) Any one of several plants of different genera and species, most of which are (or were formerly) reputed to be efficacious as remedies for the bites of serpents; also, the roots of any of these.
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- noun Any member of the
genusAgeratina of perennialsand rounded shrubsfrom the sunflowerfamily, growing mainly in the warmer regions of the Americas.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads
- noun 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
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Also goes by the name snakeroot and Indian ginger.
Numerous botanicals indigenous to the Colonies were widely employed in medicine of the period, and certain ones such as snakeroot (seneka), which was widely found growing in Virginia, would have been very scarce had not an adequate supply been immediately at hand.
Flora can languish or become dormant, like the shade-tolerant perennial snakeroot (Cimicifuga racemosa).
Keep up a perspiration till the pain is relieved by giving a teaspoonful of compound tincture of Virginia snakeroot; also a warm infusion of pleurisy root.
The Aronia melancarpa ‘Viking’ black berries are still hanging on while the white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima climbs to the sky just to the left of the ironweed, before unclasping its buds for insect delights.
The snakeroot gets really large, but I let a couple grow to maturity for the fall presence.
That snakeroot self sowed in the self sowing garden here so I let it grow.
There are natives in our midst, including the white snakeroot, Ageratina altissima…
(This is a plant that, the story goes, killed the mother of Abraham Lincoln after she drank milk from a cow that had consumed the snakeroot.)
I remembered the names of boneset and snakeroot, both in bloom right now, and knew them one from the other, and maybe because of that I found this other road, and wandered quite away from everything.