from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perennial Eurasian plant (Potentilla erecta) having yellow flowers and astringent roots.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A low-growing herb (Potentilla erecta).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A rosaceous herb (Potentilla Tormentilla), the root of which is used as a powerful astringent, and for alleviating gripes, or tormina, in diarrhea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, Potentilla Tormentilla, of Europe and temperate Asia.
Middle English tormentille, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, feminine diminutive of Latin tormentum, torment (from its use as an analgesic); see torment.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)