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[jel-see-mee-uh m] /dʒɛlˈsi mi əm/
noun, plural gelsemiums, gelsemia
[jel-see-mee-uh] /dʒɛlˈsi mi ə/ (Show IPA)
the dried rhizome and root of yellow jasmine, formerly used as a sedative in the form of a powder, tincture, or fluid extract.
Origin of gelsemium
1870-75; < New Latin < Italian gelsom(ino) jasmine + Latin -ium -ium Unabridged
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noun (pl) -miums, -mia (-mɪə)
any climbing shrub of the loganiaceous genus Gelsemium, of SE Asia and North America, esp the yellow jasmine, having fragrant yellow flowers
the powdered root of the yellow jasmine, formerly used as a sedative
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Italian gelsominojasmine
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