noun her·mo·dac·tyl
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Definition of hermodactyl



\-təlz\ or


  1. 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. 2 :  a plant producing hermodactyls; broadly :  any of various colchicums — compare colchicine

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Origin and Etymology of hermodactyl

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

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