from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The astringent rhizome of Potentilla Tormentilla, a plant belonging to the rose family and native to Europe and Asia.
  • n. A former genus of plants, now reduced to a section of Potentilla, including those species which have the parts of the flowers in fours. The tormentil belongs to this section.
  • n. A plant of this subgenus; tormentil.


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  • Daniel, and sank with an unexpressed relief into the lair which was a little hollow in the moor, where heather grew thickly on the sides, but permitted pale violets and golden tormentilla to creep about the grassy bottom.

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  • Witepsk, huckleberries and the root of tormentilla.

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  • The tormentilla gleams in showers along the mountain turf; her delicate crosslets are separate, though constellate, as the rubied daisy.

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  • -- Alexander; angelica; asparagus; beet; betony, bittersweet; bluebottle; borage; coltsfoot; elecampane; eringo; fennel; fern; galingale; horse-radish; marshmallow; nettle (red); orris; parsley; scabious; sorrel; strawberry; succory; thyme (wild); tormentilla.

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  • Potentilla _tormentilla_ (indicating that the plant is that which was formerly known by the latter name), Exacum _Candollii_ (from the fact that

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive


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