gentian

noun gen·tian \ ˈjen(t)-shən \

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

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Origin and Etymology of gentian

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


GENTIAN Defined for Kids

gentian

noun gen·tian \ ˈjen-chən \

Definition of gentian for Students

:a plant with smooth leaves and usually blue flowers

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gentian

noun gen·tian \ ˈjen-chən \

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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