scammony

noun scam·mo·ny \ ˈska-mə-nē \

Definition of scammony

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

Origin and Etymology of 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

noun scam·mo·ny \ ˈskam-ə-nē \

medical Definition of scammony

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

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