any of several plants of the genera Gentiana,Gentianella, and Gentianopsis, having usually blue, or sometimes yellow, white, or red, flowers, as the fringed gentian of North America, or Gentiana lutea, of Europe.: Compare gentian family.
any of various plants resembling the gentian.
the root of G. lutea, or a preparation of it, used as a tonic.
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How to use gentian in a sentence
The herbs include beautiful primulas, saxifrages, and gentians, and in the bellflower order species of Codonopsis and Cyananthus.The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir | Sir James McCrone Douie
On the outer border clustered tufts of delicate azure floated in the thin, pure air, veiling modest gentians.Blue Goose | Frank Lewis Nason
Flowers still clung to many of these stalks—yellow avens, alpine gentians, blue polemonium, and purple primrose.Watched by Wild Animals | Enos A. Mills
Later still, the summer closes in a splendour of bloom, with gentians and asters and goldenrod.Little Rivers | Henry van Dyke
Whether those small purple gentians are still to be found on its summit?Alone | Norman Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for gentian
any gentianaceous plant of the genera Gentiana or Gentianella, having blue, yellow, white, or red showy flowers
the bitter-tasting dried rhizome and roots of Gentiana lutea (European or yellow gentian), which can be used as a tonic
any of several similar plants, such as the horse gentian
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