from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of bulbous-rooted plants found in many parts of Europe, including the meadow saffron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Colchicum.
  • n. [NL.] A genus of liliaceous plants, with radical leaves, generally produced in spring, and crocus-like flowers appearing in the autumn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chiefly fall-blooming perennial cormous herbs; sometimes placed in family Colchicaceae


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  • Plant Autumn Crocus, also called Colchicum bulbs (the blooms resemble spring crocus, but are much bigger), in the summer as they flower in the fall.

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  • This week's promising drug candidate is colchicine, a toxin found in Colchicum, the strange flower that comes up in the fall after its leaves have disappeared also known as the naked lady or the autumn crocus.

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  • Israel 5D (1955): 5 – 35, 1955; “Chromosome numbers in the genus Colchicum.”

    Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan.

  • Israel 6D (1958): 167 – 173; “Chromosome numbers and evolution in the genus Colchicum.”

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  • Her memory lives on in a number of plants named in her honor by colleagues in Israel and abroad, among them Astragalus feinbruniae (1970), Bellevalia feinbruniae (1970) and Colchicum feinbruniae (1992).

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  • Colchicum, with a sigh, as he inclined his purple face towards a large goblet of claret.

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  • And old Colchicum! that old Col, coming down here in his brougham, with his coronet on it, and sitting bodkin between Mademoiselle Coralie and her mother!

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  • Colchicum was in attendance upon Mademoiselle Carandine, little

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  • Colchicum says he has had him to dine, and thinks him a gentlemanlike lad.

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  • Viscount Colchicum preferred their society as more polished and gay than that of their male brethren.

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