Middle English scamoniefrom Old English scammōniamand from Old French scamonieboth from Latin scammōneafrom Greek skammōniā
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Scammony Sentence Examples
Among other important productions of the Ottoman Empire are sesame, coleseed, castor oil, flax, hemp, aniseed, mohair, saffron, olive oil, gums, scammony and liquorice.
Several members of the order are used medicinally for the strong purging properties of the milky juice (latex) which they contain; scammony is the dried latex from the underground stem of Convolvulus Scarnmonia, a native of the Levant, while jalap is the product of the tubercles of Exogonium Purga, a native of Mexico.
It is the active principle of the allied drug scammony.
Jalap is a typical hydragogue purgative, causing the excretion of more fluid than scammony, but producing less stimulation of the muscular wall of the bowel.