scammony

noun
scam·​mo·​ny | \ ˈska-mə-nē How to pronounce scammony (audio) \
plural scammonies

Definition of scammony

1 : a twining convolvulus (Convolvulus scammonia) of Asia Minor with a large thick root
2a : the dried root of scammony
b : a cathartic resin obtained from scammony

First Known Use of scammony

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scammony

Middle English scamonie, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English scammoniam, from Latin scammonia, from Greek skammōnia; Anglo-French scamonie, from Latin

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“Scammony.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scammony. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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scammony

noun
scam·​mo·​ny | \ ˈskam-ə-nē How to pronounce scammony (audio) \
plural scammonies

Medical Definition of scammony

1 : a twining plant of the genus Convolvulus (C. scammonia) of Asia Minor with a large thick root
2a : the dried root of scammony
b : a cathartic resin obtained from scammony

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