autumn crocus

noun

Definition of autumn crocus 

: an autumn-blooming colchicum (Colchicum autumnale)

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The idea that colchicine—a poison drawn from the seeds and stem of the lovely autumn crocus—could be used to prevent complications in patients undergoing heart surgery was an intoxicating one. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Clinical Trials, Health Care Startup for the Poor, The Cost of CHIP," 6 Jan. 2018

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1726, in the meaning defined above

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autumn crocus

noun
au·​tumn cro·​cus | \ˌȯt-əm-ˈkrō-kəs \

Medical Definition of autumn crocus 

: an autumn-blooming herb (Colchicum autumnale) of the lily family (Liliaceae) that is the source of medicinal colchicum

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