scammony


scammony
The plant, Convolvulus scammonia (family Convolvulaceae), the dried root of which contains a cathartic resin. SEE ALSO: ipomea. [G. skammonia]

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scam·mo·ny 'skam-ə-nē n, pl -nies
1) a twining plant of the genus Convolvulus (C. scammonia) of Asia Minor with a large thick root
2 a) the dried root of scammony
b) a cathartic resin obtained from scammony

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scam·mo·ny (skamґə-ne) [L. scammonium, scammonia] 1. Convolvulus scammonia. 2. the dried root of C. scammonia or the resin derived from it; formerly used as a cathartic. 3. any of various other plants of the family Convolvulaceae, or the root or resin derived therefrom.

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  • scammony — scammoniate /ska moh nee it/, adj. /skam euh nee/, n., pl. scammonies. a twining, Asian convolvulus, Convolvulus scammonia. [bef. 1000; ME scamonie, OE < L scamonia < Gk skamonía] * * * …   Universalium

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  • scammony — [ skaməni] noun a plant of the convolvulus family, the dried roots of which yield a powerful purgative. [Two species: Convolvulus scammonia of Asia and Ipomoea orizabensis of Mexico.] Origin OE, from OFr. escamonie or L. scammonia, from Gk… …   English new terms dictionary

  • scammony — scam·mo·ny …   English syllables