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bryony


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bryony  \Bry"o*ny\  (br[imac]"[-o]*n[y^]),  n.  [L.  bryonia,  Gr 
  brywni`a,  fr  bry`ein  to  swell,  esp.  of  plants.]  (Bot.) 
  The  common  name  of  several  cucurbitaceous  plants  of  the  genus 
  {Bryonia}.  The  root  of  {B.  alba}  (rough  or  {white  bryony}) 
  and  of  {B.  dioica}  is  a  strong,  irritating  cathartic. 
 
  {Black  bryony},  a  plant  ({Tamus  communis})  so  named  from  its 
  dark  glossy  leaves  and  black  root;  black  bindweed. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bryony 
  n  :  a  tendril-bearing  vine  of  the  genus  Bryonia  having  large 
  leaves  and  small  flowers  and  yielding  acrid  juice  with 
  emetic  and  purgative  properties  [syn:  {briony}] 




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