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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gentian  \Gen"tian\,  n.  [OE.  genciane  F.  gentiane,  L.  gentiana, 
  fr  Gentius,  an  Illyrian  king,  said  to  have  discovered  its 
  properties.]  (Bot.) 
  Any  one  of  a  genus  ({Gentiana})  of  herbaceous  plants  with 
  opposite  leaves  and  a  tubular  four-  or  five-lobed  corolla, 
  usually  blue,  but  sometimes  white,  yellow,  or  red.  See 
  Illust.  of  {Capsule}. 
 
  Note:  Many  species  are  found  on  the  highest  mountains  of 
  Europe,  Asia,  and  America,  and  some  are  prized  for 
  their  beauty,  as  the  Alpine  ({Gentiana  verna}, 
  {Bavarica},  and  {excisa}),  and  the  American  fringed 
  gentians  ({G.  crinita}  and  {G.  detonsa}).  Several  are 
  used  as  tonics,  especially  the  bitter  roots  of 
  {Gentiana  lutea},  the  officinal  gentian  of  the 
  pharmacop[oe]ias. 
 
  {Horse  gentian},  fever  root. 
 
  {Yellow  gentian}  (Bot.),  the  officinal  gentian  ({Gentiana 
  lutea}).  See  {Bitterwort}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gentian 
  n  :  any  of  various  plants  of  the  family  Gentianaceae  especially 
  the  genera  Gentiana  and  Gentianella  and  Gentianopsis 




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