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scammony

[skam-uh-nee]
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noun, plural scam·mo·nies.
  1. a twining, Asian convolvulus, Convolvulus scammonia.
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Origin of scammony

before 1000; Middle English scamonie, Old English < Latin scamōnia < Greek skamōnía
Related formsscam·mo·ni·ate [ska-moh-nee-it] /skæˈmoʊ ni ɪt/, adjective
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scammony

noun plural -nies
  1. a twining Asian convolvulus plant, Convolvulus scammonia, having arrow-shaped leaves, white or purple flowers, and tuberous roots
  2. a resinous juice obtained from the roots of this plant and having purgative properties
  3. any of various similar medicinal resins or the plants that yield them
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Derived Formsscammoniate (skæˈməʊnɪɪt), adjective

Word Origin

Old English, via Latin from Greek skammōnia, of obscure origin
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