Gelsemium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Gelsemium evergreen twining shrubs of Americas and southeastern Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gelsemium (Bot) A genus of climbing plants. The yellow (false) jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a native of the Southern United States. It has showy and deliciously fragrant flowers.
    • Gelsemium (Med) The root of the yellow jasmine, used in malarial fevers, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gelsemium A genus of twining shrubs of the order Loganiaceæ, with opposite entire evergreen leaves and fragrant yellow flowers. There are three species, two natives of eastern Asia, and the third, G. sempervirens, the yellow jasmine of the Southern United States, found in woods and low grounds from Virginia to Texas. Its root has poisonous properties inducing paralysis, and the tincture is used medicinally in various diseases.
    • n gelsemium [lowercase] The root of this plant, or the tincture prepared from it, used as a drug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gelsemium jel-sē′mi-um the yellow or Cardina jasmine, a climbing plant of the Atlantic Southern United States, having large fragrant blossoms and perennial dark-green leaves.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. It. gelsomino, jasmine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. gelsomino, jasmine.

Usage

In literature:

The gelsemium was left behind.
"The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Gelsemium Sempervirens (L.) Ait.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
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