Rattlesnake-plantain meaning

Any of various orchids of the genus Goodyera, having mottled or striped leaves and spikes of small whitish flowers.
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Any of a genus (Goodyera) of small terrestrial orchids with spotted leaves and yellowish-white flower spikes.
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Origin of rattlesnake-plantain

  • From the resemblance of its leaves to a rattlesnake's skin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition