Fumitory meaning

fyo͝omĭ-tôrē
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Any of various annual plants of the genus Fumaria native to Eurasia and Africa, having finely divided leaves and small, spurred, purplish flowers.
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Any of a genus (Fumaria) of plants of the fumitory family, with watery juice and spurred flowers, formerly used in medicine.
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Designating a family (Fumariaceae, order Papaverales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the dicentras and corydalises.
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(botany) A plant of the taxonomic genus Fumaria, which are annual herbaceous flowering plants in the family Fumariaceae, native to temperate Europe and Asia.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
fumitory
Plural:
fumitories

Origin of fumitory

  • Middle English fumetere from Old French fumeterre from Medieval Latin fūmus terrae Latin fūmus smoke Latin terrae genitive of terra dry land, earth ters- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition