- a low European plant, Potentilla erecta, of the rose family, having small, bright-yellow flowers, and a strongly astringent root used in medicine and in tanning and dyeing.
Origin of tormentil
1350–1400; Middle English tormentille < Medieval Latin tormentilla, equivalent to Latin torment(um) torment + -illa diminutive suffix
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The roots of bistort and tormentil, and bark of pomegranate, equal parts.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Joined with galls or tormentil, and given in sufficient quantity, it has not failed in any intermittents in which I have tried it.
Tormentil (Tormentilla officinalis) here always grows in boggy ground, which is remarkable.Lachesis Lapponica
Carl von Linn
The green leaves of the Tormentil are soft and fine, with a few downy hairs on the front.Flowers Shown to the Children
C. E. Smith
Tormentil, tor′men-til, n. a genus of plants, one species with an astringent woody root.
- a rosaceous downy perennial plant, Potentilla erecta, of Europe and W Asia, having serrated leaves, four-petalled yellow flowers, and an astringent root used in medicine, tanning, and dyeingAlso called: bloodroot
C15: from Old French tormentille, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum agony; referring to its use in relieving pain; see torment
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