Me·​lan·​thi·​um | \ mə̇ˈlan(t)thēəm \

Definition of Melanthium

: a small North American genus that is sometimes made type of the family Melanthaceae or now more usually included among the Liliaceae and that comprises perennial herbs with heavy rootstocks and erect leafy stems bearing a terminal panicle of yellowish flowers having clawed perianth segments — see bunchflower

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History and Etymology for Melanthium

New Latin, from mela- + anth- + -ium; from the dark color of the fading perianth

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“Melanthium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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