from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An eastern Mediterranean plant (Convolvulus scammonia) having large roots that yield a resin formerly used as a cathartic.
- n. The resin obtained from this plant.
- n. A cathartic preparation made from this resin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Convolvulus scammonia, a twining perennial bindweed native to the eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, whose juice has been used in medicine as scammonium.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of bindweed or Convolvulus (C. Scammonia).
- n. An inspissated sap obtained from the root of the Convolvulus Scammonia, of a blackish gray color, a nauseous smell like that of old cheese, and a somewhat acrid taste. It is used in medicine as a cathartic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, Convolvulus Scammonia, which grows abundantly in Syria and Asia Minor.
- n. A gum-resin consisting of the inspissated root-juice of this plant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tropical American morning glory
- n. resin from the root of Convolvulus scammonia
- n. twining plant of Asia Minor having cream-colored to purple flowers and long thick roots yielding a cathartic resin
Middle English scamonie, from Old English scammōniam and from Old French scamonie, both from Latin scammōnea, from Greek skammōniā.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)