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corydalis

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noun co·ryd·a·lis \kə-ˈri-də-ləs\

Definition of corydalis

  1. :  any of a large genus (Corydalis) of chiefly temperate herbs of the fumitory family with racemose irregular flowers and dissected leaves



Origin of corydalis

New Latin, genus name, from Greek korydallis crested lark (Galerida cristata), from korydos crested lark


First Known Use: 1818


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corydalis

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noun co·ryd·a·lis \kə-ˈrid-əl-əs\

Medical Definition of corydalis

  1. 1a capitalized :  a large genus of herbs (family Fumariaceae) that are native to southern Africa and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and have a several-seeded capsular fruit—see bulbocapnine, cryptopineb:  any plant of the genus Corydalis

  2. 2:  the dried tubers of squirrel corn and Dutchman's-breeches containing the alkaloid bulbocapnine and formerly used as a tonic




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