horse gentian

horse gentian

noun
any weedy North American plant of the genus Triosteum, of the honeysuckle family, especially T. perfoliatum, having stalkless leaves and purplish-brown flowers and bearing orange fruits.
Also called tinker's weed.


Origin:
1835–45, Americanism

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horse gentian
 
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Also called: feverwort any caprifoliaceous plant of the genus Triosteum, of Asia and North America, having small purplish-brown flowers

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horse gentian

any of the four North American plant species of the genus Triosteum, all coarse perennials belonging to the family Caprifoliaceae. Several other species of the genus are East Asian. The common names feverwort, wild ipecac, and horse gentian resulted from former medicinal uses of the plant. Other names for certain of the plants are tinker's weed and wild coffee.

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