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noun gen·tian \ˈjen(t)-shən\

Definition of gentian

  1. 1 :  any of numerous herbs (family Gentianaceae, the gentian family, and especially genus Gentiana) with opposite smooth leaves and showy usually blue flowers

  2. 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

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Origin and Etymology of gentian

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


GENTIAN Defined for Kids

gentian

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noun gen·tian \ˈjen-chən\

Definition of gentian for Students

  1. :  a plant with smooth leaves and usually blue flowers


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gentian

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noun gen·tian \ˈjen-chən\

Medical Definition of gentian

  1. 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. 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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