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- n. A type of root, probably from a plant of the genus Colchicum, as imported and used in Western medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A heart-shaped bulbous root, about the size of a finger, brought from Turkey, formerly used as a cathartic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pharmacy, a dried bulbous root, probably obtained from Colchicum variegatum or checker-flower, formerly brought from Turkey in considerable quantities, and much esteemed as a cathartic, but now entirely discarded.
From Medieval Latin hermodactylus, from Ancient Greek ἑρμοδάκτυλος ("Hermes's finger"). (Wiktionary)