gentian

noun
gen·​tian | \ ˈjen(t)-shən How to pronounce gentian (audio) \

Definition of gentian

1 : any of numerous herbs (family Gentianaceae, the gentian family, and especially genus Gentiana) with opposite smooth leaves and showy usually blue flowers
2 : the rhizome and roots of a yellow-flowered gentian (Gentiana lutea) of southern Europe that is used as a tonic, stomachic, and flavoring in vermouth

Examples of gentian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its distinguishing feature is Aperol, a bright orange bitter Italian liqueur of gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Apr. 2020 The French have bright yellow Suze and clear Salers, both gentian-based; the Germans have Jägermeister and Underberg. M. Carrie Allan, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2019 The French have bright yellow Suze and clear Salers, both gentian-based; the Germans have Jägermeister and Underberg. M. Carrie Allan, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2019 The French have bright yellow Suze and clear Salers, both gentian-based; the Germans have Jägermeister and Underberg. M. Carrie Allan, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2019 This year’s Olympic Games bouquet consists of eustoma, sunflower, gentian, narcolan and haran blossoms. Raisa Bruner, Time, 7 Feb. 2020 The French have bright yellow Suze and clear Salers, both gentian-based; the Germans have Jägermeister and Underberg. M. Carrie Allan, chicagotribune.com, 20 Nov. 2019 The French have bright yellow Suze and clear Salers, both gentian-based; the Germans have Jägermeister and Underberg. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2019 Other, lower-living species—showy gentians, a spiky aster relative called Chuquiraga, purple lupines—had moved upslope by an average of more than 500 meters since 1802. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gentian

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gentian

Middle English gencian, from Anglo-French genciane, from Latin gentiana

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The first known use of gentian was before the 12th century

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29 Sep 2021

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“Gentian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentian. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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gentian

noun
gen·​tian | \ ˈjen-chən How to pronounce gentian (audio) \

Kids Definition of gentian

: a plant with smooth leaves and usually blue flowers

gentian

noun
gen·​tian | \ ˈjen-chən How to pronounce gentian (audio) \

Medical Definition of gentian

1 : any of two genera (Gentiana and Dasystephana) of herbs belonging to a family (Gentianaceae, the gentian family) and having opposite smooth leaves and showy usually blue flowers
2 : the rhizome and roots of a yellow-flowered gentian (Gentiana lutea) of southern Europe that is used as a tonic and stomachic

called also gentian root

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