The drug called "gentian," a bitter tonic, is made from the root of a German species—G. lutea—with yellow flowers.
Discard the golden-rod for the gentian, and in turn forsake the gentian for the twin-flower?
Sometimes called the gentian L., from its bright blue gentian-like flowers.
I told the saleswoman to get me the best she had but it must be gentian blue.
A study of the ingredients will show that, aside from the alcohol, the mixture contains but one really active drug, gentian.
The ancients describe one species of gentian; I know of ten or more.
Compound tincture of gentian is highly recommended as a tonic for pigeons.
This has been well shown by Churchman in his work on gentian Violet.
A safe vegetable tonic is two ounces of tincture of gentian in a pint of water.
Compound tincture of gentian is also, occasionally, so called.
late 14c., genciane, from Old French genciane and directly from Latin gentiana, said by Pliny to be named for Gentius, king of ancient Illyria who discovered its properties. This likely is a folk-etymology, but the word may be Illyrian nonetheless, because the suffix -an frequently occurs in Illyrian words.