Scammony meaning

skămə-nē
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A cathartic preparation obtained from these resins.
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A climbing Asian convolvulus (Convolvulus scammonia) with thick roots, arrowhead-shaped leaves, and white or purplish flowers.
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A cathartic preparation obtained from these resins.
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Convolvulus scammonia, a twining perennial bindweed native to the eastern part of the Mediterranean basin, whose juice has been used in medicine as scammonium.
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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