tor·​men·​til ˈtȯr-mən-ˌtil How to pronounce tormentil (audio)
: a yellow-flowered Eurasian cinquefoil (Potentilla erecta synonym P. tormentilla) with a root sometimes used in tanning and dyeing

Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tormentil was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tormentil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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