tormentil

noun
tor·​men·​til | \ ˈtȯr-mən-ˌtil How to pronounce tormentil (audio) \

Definition of tormentil

: a yellow-flowered Eurasian cinquefoil (Potentilla erecta synonym P. tormentilla) with a root sometimes used in tanning and dyeing

First Known Use of tormentil

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tormentil

Middle English turmentille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum; from its use in allaying pain

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“Tormentil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tormentil. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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