Scammony Definition

skămə-nē
scammonies
noun
A climbing Asian convolvulus (Convolvulus scammonia) with thick roots, arrowhead-shaped leaves, and white or purplish flowers.
Webster's New World
Any of several plants whose roots yield medicinal resins; specif., Mexican scammony (Ipomoea orizabensis) of the morning-glory family.
Webster's New World
The resin from the roots of any of these plants.
Webster's New World
A cathartic preparation obtained from these resins.
American Heritage Medicine
Synonyms:
  • Ipomoea orizabensis
  • Convolvulus scammonia
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Other Word Forms of Scammony

Noun

Singular:
scammony
Plural:
scammonies

Origin of Scammony

  • Middle English scamonie from Old English scammōniam and from Old French scamonie both from Latin scammōnea from Greek skammōniā

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

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