designating a family (Gentianaceae, order Gentianales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the fringed gentians and the closed gentians
Origin of gentianMiddle English genciane from Old French gentiane from Classical Latin gentiana, of Illyrian origin, originally
- any of a large genus (Gentiana) of plants of the gentian family, with blue, white, red, or yellow flowers
- the bitter root of the yellow gentian (G. lutea), used as a gastrointestinal tonic
- Any of numerous plants of the family Gentianaceae and especially the genus Gentiana, characteristically having opposite leaves and showy, often blue flowers.
- The dried rhizome and roots of a yellow-flowered European gentian, G. lutea, sometimes used as a tonic.
Origin of gentianMiddle English gencian from Old French genciane from Latin gentiāna perhaps after Gentius , second-century BC king of Illyria
- Any of various herbs of the family Gentianaceae found in temperate and mountainous regions with violet or blue flowers.
- The dried roots and rhizome of a European gentian, Gentiana lutea, used as a tonic.