Definition of tormentil
: a yellow-flowered Eurasian cinquefoil (Potentilla erecta synonym P. tormentilla) with a root sometimes used in tanning and dyeing
Origin and Etymology of tormentil
Middle English turmentille, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum; from its use in allaying pain
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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