Swertia

noun
Swer·​tia | \ ˈswərsh(ē)ə, -rtēə \

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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History and Etymology for Swertia

New Latin, from Emanuel Swert (Sweert), 17th century Dutch botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Swertia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Swertia. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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