the seed of various plantains, used in laxatives and to add fiber to some food products
Origin of psylliumModern Latin from Classical Greek psyllion, fleawort from psylla, flea (see psylla): so called because the seeds resemble fleas
- Any of several annual Eurasian plants of the genus Plantago, especially P. ovata or P. afra, having opposite leaves and small flowers borne in dense spikes.
- The seed husks of any of these plants, widely used as a mild bulk laxative and sometimes added to foods as a dietary source of soluble fiber.
Origin of psylliumNew Latin from Greek psullion from Greek psulla flea ( from the flealike appearance of the seeds )
(usually uncountable, plural psylliums)