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scammony

[skam-uh-nee] /ˈskæm ə ni/
noun, plural scammonies.
1.
a twining, Asian convolvulus, Convolvulus scammonia.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English scamonie, Old English < Latin scamōnia < Greek skamōnía
Related forms
scammoniate
[ska-moh-nee-it] /skæˈmoʊ ni ɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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scammony

/ˈskæmənɪ/
noun (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
Derived Forms
scammoniate (skæˈməʊnɪɪt) adjective
Word Origin
Old English, via Latin from Greek skammōnia, of obscure origin
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