fu·​mi·​to·​ry ˈfyü-mə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce fumitory (audio)
: any of a genus (Fumaria of the family Fumariaceae, the fumitory family) of erect or climbing herbs
especially : a common European herb (F. officinalis)

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fumitory was in the 14th century

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“Fumitory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fumitory. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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