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gelsemium

[jel-see-mee-uh m] /dʒɛlˈsi mi əm/
noun, plural gelsemiums, gelsemia
[jel-see-mee-uh] /dʒɛlˈsi mi ə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the dried rhizome and root of yellow jasmine, formerly used as a sedative in the form of a powder, tincture, or fluid extract.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Neo-Latin < Italian gelsom(ino) jasmine + Latin -ium -ium
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gelsemium

/dʒɛlˈsiːmɪəm/
noun (pl) -miums, -mia (-mɪə)
1.
any climbing shrub of the loganiaceous genus Gelsemium, of SE Asia and North America, esp the yellow jasmine, having fragrant yellow flowers
2.
the powdered root of the yellow jasmine, formerly used as a sedative
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Italian gelsominojasmine
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