hermodactyl

noun

her·​mo·​dac·​tyl
ˈhərməˌdaktᵊl
variants or hermodactylus
ˌ⸗⸗ˈ⸗tələs
plural hermodactyls
-tᵊlz
or hermodactyli
-təˌlī
1
: a root formerly used as a cathartic or for the relief of gout that was probably derived from an Asiatic colchicum (Colchicum luteum) but has been often considered to be or confused with the root of the Mediterranean snake's-head iris
2
: a plant producing hermodactyls
broadly : any of various colchicums compare colchicine

Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin hermodactylus, from Greek hermodaktylon, from hermo- (from Hermēs, messenger of the gods) + -daktylon (from daktylos finger)

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“Hermodactyl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hermodactyl. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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