Definition of hermodactyl
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
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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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