scammony

scammony

[skam-uh-nee]
noun, plural scammonies.
a twining, Asian convolvulus, Convolvulus scammonia.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English scamonie, Old English < Latin scamōnia < Greek skamōnía

scammoniate [ska-moh-nee-it] , adjective
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scammony (ˈskæmənɪ)
 
n , pl -nies
1.  a twining Asian convolvulus plant, Convolvulus scammonia, having arrow-shaped leaves, white or purple flowers, and tuberous roots
2.  a resinous juice obtained from the roots of this plant and having purgative properties
3.  any of various similar medicinal resins or the plants that yield them
 
[Old English, via Latin from Greek skammōnia, of obscure origin]
 
scammoniate
 
adj

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