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colchicum


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Colchicum  \Col"chi*cum\,  n.  [L.,  a  plant  with  a  poisonous  root, 
  fr  Colchicus  Colchian  fr  Colchis,  Gr  ?,  an  ancient 
  province  in  Asia,  east  of  the  Black  Sea,  where  was  the  home 
  of  Media  the  sorceress.]  (Bot.) 
  A  genus  of  bulbous-rooted  plants  found  in  many  parts  of 
  Europe,  including  the  meadow  saffron. 
 
  Note:  Preparations  made  from  the  poisonous  bulbs  and  seeds, 
  and  perhaps  from  the  flowers,  of  the  {Colchicum 
  autumnale}  (meadow  saffron)  are  used  as  remedies  for 
  gout  and  rheumatism. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Colchicum 
  n  :  chiefly  fall-blooming  perennial  cormous  herbs;  sometimes 
  placed  in  family  Colchicaceae  [syn:  {Colchicum},  {genus 
  Colchicum}] 




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