American columbo


Definition of American columbo

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

First Known Use of American columbo

1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Learn More About American columbo

Time Traveler for American columbo

Time Traveler

The first known use of American columbo was in 1814

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near American columbo

American cobra

American columbo

American coot

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for American columbo

Cite this Entry

“American columbo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!