Snake's-head iris(Bot.), an iridaceous plant (Hermodactylus tuberosus) of the Mediterranean region. The flowers slightly resemble a serpent's open mouth.

(Snake"stone`) n.

1. A kind of hone slate or whetstone obtained in Scotland.

2. (Paleon.) An ammonite; — so called from its form, which resembles that of a coiled snake.

(Snake's-tongue`) n. (Bot.) Same as Adder's-tongue.

(Snake"weed`) n. (Bot.) (a) A kind of knotweed (Polygonum Bistorta). (b) The Virginia snakeroot. See Snakeroot.

(Snake"wood`) n. (Bot.) (a) An East Indian climbing plant (Strychnos colubrina) having a bitter taste, and supposed to be a remedy for the bite of the hooded serpent. (b) An East Indian climbing shrub (Ophioxylon serpentinum) which has the roots and stems twisted so as to resemble serpents. (c) Same as Trumpetwood. (d) A tropical American shrub (Plumieria rubra) which has very fragrant red blossoms. (e) Same as Letterwood.

(Snak"ish) a. Having the qualities or characteristics of a snake; snaky.

(Snak"y) a.

1. Of or pertaining to a snake or snakes; resembling a snake; serpentine; winding.

The red light playing upon its gilt and carving gave it an appearance of snaky life.
L. Wallace.

2. Sly; cunning; insinuating; deceitful.

So to the coast of Jordan he directs
His easy steps, girded with snaky wiles.

3. Covered with serpents; having serpents; as, a snaky rod or wand. Dryden.

That snaky-headed, Gorgon shield.

(Snap) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snapped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Snapping.] [LG. or D. snappen to snap up, to snatch; akin to G. schnappen, MHG. snaben, Dan. snappe, and to D. snavel beak, bill. Cf. Neb, Snaffle, n.]

1. To break at once; to break short, as substances that are brittle.

Breaks the doors open, snaps the locks.

2. To strike, to hit, or to shut, with a sharp sound.

(Snake"root`) n. (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.

The Virginia snakeroot is Aristolochia Serpentaria; black snakeroot is Sanicula, esp. S. Marilandica, also Cimicifuga racemosa; Seneca snakeroot is Polygala Senega; button snakeroot is Liatris, also Eryngium; white snakeroot is Eupatorium ageratoides. The name is also applied to some others besides these.

(Snake's"-head`) n. (Bot.) The Guinea-hen flower; — so called in England because its spotted petals resemble the scales of a snake's head. Dr. Prior.

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