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fumitory

[ fyoo-mi-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈfyu mɪˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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noun, plural fu·mi·to·ries.

any plant of the genus Fumaria, especially a delicate herb, F. officinalis, having finely dissected, grayish leaves and spikes of purplish flowers.

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Origin of fumitory

1350–1400; alteration of earlier fumiterre,Middle English fumetere<Middle French <Medieval Latin fūmus terrae literally, smoke of the earth; literal sense uncertain
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fumitory
/ (ˈfjuːmɪtərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

any plant of the chiefly European genus Fumaria, esp F. officinalis, having spurred flowers and formerly used medicinally: family Fumariaceae

Word Origin for fumitory

C14: from Old French fumetere, from Medieval Latin fūmus terrae, literally: smoke of the earth; see fume
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