[ tawr-men-til ]
/ ˈtɔr mɛn tɪl /


a low European plant, Potentilla erecta, of the rose family, having small, bright-yellow flowers, and a strongly astringent root used in medicine and in tanning and dyeing.

Nearby words

  1. toric lens,
  2. tories,
  3. torii,
  4. torino,
  5. torment,
  6. tormentor,
  7. tormé,
  8. torn,
  9. torn between, be,
  10. tornadic

Origin of tormentil

1350–1400; Middle English tormentille < Medieval Latin tormentilla, equivalent to Latin torment(um) torment + -illa diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tormentil


/ (ˈtɔːməntɪl) /


a rosaceous downy perennial plant, Potentilla erecta, of Europe and W Asia, having serrated leaves, four-petalled yellow flowers, and an astringent root used in medicine, tanning, and dyeingAlso called: bloodroot

Word Origin for tormentil

C15: from Old French tormentille, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum agony; referring to its use in relieving pain; see torment

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