American columbo

noun

1
: a perennial herb (Frasera caroliniensis)

called also American gentian, columbo

see deer's-ear
2
: the dried root of the American columbo formerly used as a bitter tonic

Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of American columbo was in 1814

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“American columbo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20columbo. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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