Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of polypetalous plants of the order Berberideæ and tribe Berbereæ, characterized by having the ovules in many rows, the flower with six sepals, from six to nine petals, as many or twice as many stamens, and a large peltate stigma crowning the ovary, which becomes in fruit a berry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of herbs of the Barberry family, having large palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two species, the American Podophyllum peltatum, or May apple, the Himalayan Podophyllum Emodi.
  • noun (Med.) The rhizome and rootlet of the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum), -- used as a cathartic drug.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany Any of the genus Podophyllum of herbaceous perennial plants in the family Berberidaceae, with palmately lobed umbrella-like leaves, and several stems produced from a creeping underground rhizome.
  • noun The rhizome and rootlet of the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum), used as a cathartic drug.

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

  • noun perennial rhizomatous herbs

Etymologies

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From the genus name.

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