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, "11 Italian Cocktails You Can Make at Home," 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, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 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, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 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, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 20 Nov. 2019 This year’s Olympic Games bouquet consists of eustoma, sunflower, gentian, narcolan and haran blossoms. Raisa Bruner, Time, "There’s a Special Meaning Behind the Flowers Medallists Will Get at the 2020 Olympics," 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, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 20 Nov. 2019 The French have bright yellow Suze and clear Salers, both gentian-based; the Germans have Jägermeister and Underberg. Washington Post, "Overeating on Thanksgiving? Bitters can make it better.," 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, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of gentian

14th 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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“Gentian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gentian. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for gentian

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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