[syn: blazing star, button snakeroot, gayfeather, gay-feather, snakeroot]
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
1. A knob; a small ball; a small, roundish mass.
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.
3. A bud; a germ of a plant. --Shak.
4. A piece of wood or metal, usually flat and elongated,
turning on a nail or screw, to fasten something, as a
5. A globule of metal remaining on an assay cupel or in a
crucible, after fusion.
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
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),
furnishing durable timber, mostly natives of the West
To hold by the button, to detain in conversation to
weariness; to bore; to buttonhole.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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-