Coptis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Coptis small genus of low perennial herbs having yellow rhizomes and white or yellow flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coptis A small genus of plants, natural order Ranunculaceæ, natives of the north temperate zone, consisting of low smooth perennials with divided root-leaves and small white flowers on scapes. A decoction of the leaves and stalks of C. trifolia, found in Canada and the northern parts of the United States, is used by the Indians for coloring cloth and skins yellow. The yellow, thread-like rhizomes, whence the common name of goldthread, are used in medicine as a pure bitter tonic. The root of C. Teeta, of China and India, known as Mishmi bitter, has been long in repute in India as a remedy for diseases of the eye, and is still in use as a bitter tonic. The species are found to contain an unusual percentage of berberine.
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Usage

In literature:

Coptis Trifolia (L.) Salisb.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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In news:

A contemporary crime drama edged with Greek tragedy, Ajami is an untidy, despairing, oddly exhilarating joint venture by writer-directors Scandar Copti, an Israeli Arab, and Yaron Shani, an Israeli Jew.
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