tormentil

tormentil

[tawr-men-til]
noun
a low European plant, Potentilla erecta, of the rose family, having small, bright-yellow flowers, and a strongly astringent root used in medicine and in tanning and dyeing.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English tormentille < Medieval Latin tormentilla, equivalent to Latin torment(um) torment + -illa diminutive suffix

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tormentil (ˈtɔːməntɪl)
 
n
Also called: bloodroot a rosaceous downy perennial plant, Potentilla erecta, of Europe and W Asia, having serrated leaves, four-petalled yellow flowers, and an astringent root used in medicine, tanning, and dyeing
 
[C15: from Old French tormentille, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum agony; referring to its use in relieving pain; see torment]

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