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 for button snakeroot
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Button \But"ton\, n. [OE. boton, botoun, F. bouton button, bud,
     prop. something pushing out, fr. bouter to push. See Butt
     an end.]
     1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
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     2. A catch, of various forms and materials, used to fasten
        together the different parts of dress, by being attached
        to one part, and passing through a slit, called a
        buttonhole, in the other; -- used also for ornament.
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     3. A bud; a germ of a plant. --Shak.
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     4. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated,
        turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a
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     5. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a
        crucible, after fusion.
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     Button hook, a hook for catching a button and drawing it
        through a buttonhole, as in buttoning boots and gloves.
     Button shell (Zool.), a small, univalve marine shell of the
        genus Rotella.
     Button snakeroot. (Bot.)
        (a) The American composite genus Liatris, having rounded
            buttonlike heads of flowers.
        (b) An American umbelliferous plant with rigid, narrow
            leaves, and flowers in dense heads.
     Button+tree+(Bot.),+a+genus+of+trees+({Conocarpus">Button tree (Bot.), a genus of trees ({Conocarpus),
        furnishing durable timber, mostly natives of the West
     To hold by the button, to detain in conversation to
        weariness; to bore; to buttonhole.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  button snakeroot
      n 1: coarse prickly perennial eryngo of United States thought to
           cure rattlesnake bite [syn: rattlesnake master,
           rattlesnake's master, button snakeroot, Eryngium
      2: coarse prickly perennial eryngo with aromatic roots;
         southeastern United States; often confused with rattlesnake
         master [syn: button snakeroot, Eryngium aquaticum]
      3: any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris
         having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads
         [syn: blazing star, button snakeroot, gayfeather, gay-
         feather, snakeroot]

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