- any of a genus (Antirrhinum) of perennial plants of the figwort family, with showy white, yellow, red, or purplish flowers; esp., a common garden species (A. majus) with white, purple, crimson, etc., saclike, two-lipped, closed flowers
Origin of snapdragonin allusion to a fire-breathing dragonHistorical
- a game in which raisins or the like are snatched from a bowl of burning brandy
- that which is so snatched
Origin of snapdragonsnap + dragon: from the mouth-shaped flowers
Any of several plants of the genus Antirrhinum of the figwort family, especially A. majus, widely cultivated for its showy racemes of two-lipped, variously colored flowers.
Origin of snapdragonFrom the imagined resemblance of the flowers to the mouth of a dragon.