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fumitory

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noun fu·mi·to·ry \ˈfyü-mə-ˌtȯr-ē\

Definition of fumitory

  1. :  any of a genus (Fumaria of the family Fumariaceae, the fumitory family) of erect or climbing herbs; especially :  a common European herb (F. officinalis)



Origin of fumitory

Middle English fumeterre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin fumus terrae, literally, smoke of the earth, from Latin fumus + terrae, genitive of terra earth — more at terrace


First Known Use: 14th century


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