Plan"tain, n. [F., fr. L. plantago. Cf. Plant.] (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Plantago, but especially the Plantago major, a low herb with broad spreading radical leaves, and slender spikes of minute flowers. It is a native of Europe, but now found near the abode of civilized man in nearly all parts of the world.
(Bot.) See under Indian. --
Mud plantain, a homely North American aquatic plant (Heteranthera reniformis), having broad, reniform leaves. --
Rattlesnake plantain, an orchidaceous plant (Goodyera pubescens), with the leaves blotched and spotted with white. --
Ribwort plantain. See Ribwort. --
Robin's plantain, the Erigeron bellidifolium, a common daisylike plant of North America. --
Water plantain, a plant of the genus Alisma, having acrid leaves, and formerly regarded as a specific against hydrophobia.
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