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Meaning of rattlesnake root

rat'tlesnake root"

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  1. any of certain composite plants of the genus Prenanthes, whose roots or tubers have been regarded as a remedy for snake bites, as P. serpentaria or P. alba.
  2. the root or tuber.
  3. the snakeroot, Polygala senega.
  4. its root.
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