Dictionary.com

colchicum

[ kol-chi-kuhm, kol-ki- ]
/ ˈkɒl tʃɪ kəm, ˈkɒl kɪ- /
Save This Word!

noun
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.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "IS" VS. "ARE"
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use colchicum in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for colchicum

colchicum
/ (ˈkɒltʃɪkəm, ˈkɒlkɪ-) /

noun
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK