fumitory

noun
fu·​mi·​to·​ry | \ ˈfyü-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce fumitory (audio) \

Definition of fumitory

: any of a genus (Fumaria of the family Fumariaceae, the fumitory family) of erect or climbing herbs especially : a common European herb (F. officinalis)

First Known Use of fumitory

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fumitory

Middle English fumeterre, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin fumus terrae, literally, smoke of the earth, from Latin fumus + terrae, genitive of terra earth — more at terrace entry 1

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“Fumitory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fumitory. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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