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[fyoo-mi-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈfyu mɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
noun, plural fumitories.
any plant of the genus Fumaria, especially a delicate herb, F. officinalis, having finely dissected, grayish leaves and spikes of purplish flowers.
Origin of fumitory
1350-1400; alteration of earlier fumiterre, Middle English fumetere < Middle French < Medieval Latin fūmus terrae literally, smoke of the earth; literal sense uncertain Unabridged
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/ˈfjuːmɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
any plant of the chiefly European genus Fumaria, esp F. officinalis, having spurred flowers and formerly used medicinally: family Fumariaceae
Word Origin
C14: from Old French fumetere, from Medieval Latin fūmus terrae, literally: smoke of the earth; see fume
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