[ kol-chi-kuh m, kol-ki- ]
/ ˈkɒl tʃɪ kəm, ˈkɒl kɪ- /


any Old World plant of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family, especially the autumn crocus, C. autumnale.
the dried seeds or corms of this plant.
Pharmacology. a medicine or drug prepared from them, used in medicine chiefly in the treatment of gout.

Origin of colchicum

1590–1600; < New Latin, Latin < Greek kolchikón meadow saffron, noun use of neuter of Kolchikós of Colchis, apparently by association with Medea, the plant being considered poisonous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for colchicum

/ (ˈkɒltʃɪkəm, ˈkɒlkɪ-) /


any Eurasian liliaceous plant of the genus Colchicum, such as the autumn crocus
the dried seeds or corms of the autumn crocus: a source of colchicine

Word Origin for colchicum

C16: from Latin, from Greek kolkhikon, from kolkhikos of Colchis
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