Tormentil meaning

tôr'mən-tĭl'
A perennial Eurasian plant (Potentilla erecta) in the rose family, having yellow flowers and astringent roots.
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A European cinquefoil (Potentilla tormentilla) with yellow flowers and rhizomes used in tanning and dyeing.
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A low-growing herb (Potentilla erecta).
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Origin of tormentil

  • Middle English tormentille from Medieval Latin tormentilla feminine diminutive of Latin tormentum torment (from its use as an analgesic) torment
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition