Definition of Swertia
: a small genus of herbs (family Gentianaceae) found chiefly in the western U.S. and having thick, bitter roots, opposite or whorled leaves, and dull-colored flowers — see green gentian
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Origin and Etymology of swertia
New Latin, from Emanuel Swert (Sweert), 17th century Dutch botanist + New Latin -ia
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