any Old World plant of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family, especially the autumn crocus, C. autumnale.
the dried seeds or corms of this plant.
Pharmacology. a medicine or drug prepared from them, used in medicine chiefly in the treatment of gout.
< Neo-Latin, Latin
< Greek kolchikón
meadow saffron, noun use of neuter of Kolchikós
, apparently by association with Medea, the plant being considered poisonous