- 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 autumn crocus (noted for its poisonous root) from Greek kolkhikon from neuter of kolkhikos of Colchis from Kolkhis , Colchis (the home of the sorceress and poisoner Medea in Greek mythology)
(countable and uncountable, plural colchicums)