autumn crocus

autumn crocus


Definition of AUTUMN CROCUS

:  an autumn-blooming colchicum (Colchicum autumnale)

First Known Use of AUTUMN CROCUS



au·tumn cro·cus

noun \ˌt-əm-ˈkrō-kəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AUTUMN CROCUS

: an autumn-blooming herb (Colchicum autumnale) of the lily family (Liliaceae) that is the source of medicinal colchicum

autumn crocus

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant of the genus Colchicum (lily family), sometimes called meadow saffron, comprising about 30 species of herbaceous plants native to Eurasia. The stemless, crocuslike flowers bloom in autumn. Several species are cultivated as ornamentals for their pink, white, or bluish-purple tubelike flowers, especially C. autumnale, C. bornmuelleri, and C. speciosum. The swollen underground stem of C. autumnale contains colchicine, a substance used to relieve the pain of gout.


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