- any of a genus (Colchicum) of plants of the lily family, with crocuslike flowers usually blooming in the fall; autumn crocus
- its dried seeds or corm
Origin of colchicumModern Latin ; from Classical Greek kolchikon, plant with a poisonous root, after Kolchis, Colchis, home of Medea
- Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Colchicum, such as the autumn crocus.
- The dried ripe seeds or corms of the autumn crocus, both of which yield colchicine.
Origin of colchicumLatin, a plant with a poisonous root, from Greek kolkhikon, meadow saffron, after Kolkhos, Colchis.
(countable and uncountable, plural colchicums)