[ skam-uh-nee ]
/ ˈskæm ə ni /

noun, plural scam·mo·nies.

a twining, Asian convolvulus, Convolvulus scammonia.

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Origin of scammony

before 1000; Middle English scamonie, Old English < Latin scamōnia < Greek skamōnía


scam·mo·ni·ate [ska-moh-nee-it] /skæˈmoʊ ni ɪt/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scammony

/ (ˈskæmənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

a twining Asian convolvulus plant, Convolvulus scammonia, having arrow-shaped leaves, white or purple flowers, and tuberous roots
a resinous juice obtained from the roots of this plant and having purgative properties
any of various similar medicinal resins or the plants that yield them

Derived forms of scammony

scammoniate (skæˈməʊnɪɪt), adjective

Word Origin for scammony

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