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  • n. The roots and rhizomes of skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of araceous plants, natives of tropical America.
  • n. [I. c.] The pharmaceutical name for the root of the skunk-cabbage, Symplocarpus fœtidus (sometimes called Dracontium fœtidum). The root is used as an acrid irritant, as an antispasmodic, etc.

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  • n. any plant of the genus Dracontium; strongly malodorous tropical American plants usually with gigantic leaves

Etymologies

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From the former genus name Dracontium, from Latin dracontium ("dragon-wort"), from Ancient Greek δρακόντιον (drakontion).

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