rattlesnake rootrattlesnake root
- any of a number of perennial plants (genus Prenanthes) of the composite family, with small, cylindrical, drooping heads and intensely bitter roots, formerly considered a cure for snakebite
- any of various other plants formerly considered such a cure
Any of various plants of the genus Prenanthes of the composite family, having bitter-tasting tuberous roots and clusters of white to purple usually nodding flower heads.
Origin of rattlesnake rootFrom the belief that the root cured a rattlesnake's bite