from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Gentiana, characteristically having showy, variously colored flowers.
- n. The dried rhizome and roots of a yellow-flowered European gentian, G. lutea, sometimes used as a tonic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various herbs of the family Gentianaceae found in temperate and mountainous regions with violet or blue flowers.
- n. The dried roots and rhizome of a European gentian, Gentiana lutea, used as a tonic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of a genus (Gentiana) of herbaceous plants with opposite leaves and a tubular four- or five-lobed corolla, usually blue, but sometimes white, yellow, or red. See Illust. of capsule.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name for species of the genus Gentiana.
- n. The pineweed or orange-grass, Sarothra gentianoides.
- n. The soapwort-gentian.
- n. Same as. striped gentian.
- n. The American columbo, Frasera Carolinensis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of the family Gentianaceae especially the genera Gentiana and Gentianella and Gentianopsis
Middle English gencian, from Old French genciane, from Latin gentiāna, perhaps after Gentius, second-century B.C. king of Illyria.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)