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gentian

noun gen·tian \ˈjen(t)-shən\

Definition of GENTIAN

1
:  any of numerous herbs (family Gentianaceae, the gentian family, and especially genus Gentiana) with opposite smooth leaves and showy usually blue flowers
2
:  the rhizome and roots of a yellow-flowered gentian (Gentiana lutea) of southern Europe that is used as a tonic, stomachic, and flavoring in vermouth
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Origin of GENTIAN

Middle English gencian, from Anglo-French genciane, from Latin gentiana
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with GENTIAN

GENTIAN Defined for Kids

gentian

noun gen·tian \ˈjen-chən\

Definition of GENTIAN for Kids

:  a plant with smooth leaves and usually blue flowers
Medical Dictionary

gentian

noun gen·tian \ˈjen-chən\

Medical Definition of GENTIAN

1
:  any of two genera (Gentiana and Dasystephana) of herbs belonging to a family (Gentianaceae, the gentian family) and having opposite smooth leaves and showy usually blue flowers
2
:  the rhizome and roots of a yellow-flowered gentian (Gentiana lutea) of southern Europe that is used as a tonic and stomachic—called also gentian root
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