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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These oil-regulating results are all thanks to a mixture of pure herbal extracts (like burdock, ivy, and gentian), as well as free-floating marigold petals, which are placed in the bottle by hand. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Kiehl's Sells a Bottle of Its Calendula Toner Every 12 Seconds," 3 May 2018 One of these signatures is the Bitter Storm Over Ulm—a blend of Aveze Gentian (a liqueur made with wild yellow gentian foraged in France), lemon, macvin, and pear. Ali Francis, Bon Appetit, "7 Delicious Ways To Eat Flowers," 30 May 2017 Bitters are typically made from clear alcohol infused with plants like gentian, fennel, and dandelion root. Juno Demelo, Bon Appetit, "Why You Should Be Cooking With This Bar Staple," 6 Feb. 2017 Their Amaro di Bilaro — a label that combines their two last names — uses a grape spirit base and 13 botanicals, including rosemary and spearmint from the couple’s backyard, as well as gentian, rhubarb root and myrrh. Mary Orlin, The Mercury News, "Amaro amore: The Bay Area’s passion for bittersweet liqueur," 1 Apr. 2017 It is well stocked with various pitcher plants, bog orchids, violets, gentians, sundews and flytraps. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "These stunning plants all have one thing in common: A taste for blood," 3 July 2017 One of these signatures is the Bitter Storm Over Ulm—a blend of Aveze Gentian (a liqueur made with wild yellow gentian foraged in France), lemon, macvin, and pear. Ali Francis, Bon Appetit, "7 Delicious Ways To Eat Flowers," 30 May 2017

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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

noun
gen·tian | \ˈjen-chən \

Kids Definition of gentian

: a plant with smooth leaves and usually blue flowers

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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