Podophyllum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Podophyllum perennial rhizomatous herbs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Podophyllum (Bot) A genus of herbs of the Barberry family, having large palmately lobed peltate leaves and solitary flower. There are two species, the American Podophyllum peltatum, or May apple, the Himalayan Podophyllum Emodi.
    • Podophyllum (Med) The rhizome and rootlet of the May apple (Podophyllum peltatum), -- used as a cathartic drug.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n podophyllum A genus of polypetalous plants of the order Berberideæ and tribe Berbereæ, characterized by having the ovules in many rows, the flower with six sepals, from six to nine petals, as many or twice as many stamens, and a large peltate stigma crowning the ovary, which becomes in fruit a berry. There are 2 species, one being P. peltatum, the May-apple or wild mandrake of North America, the other a Himalayan species. They are singular herbs, with thick and prolonged poisonous creeping rootstocks, from which rise long-stalked orbicular peltate and deeply lobed leaves, known among children as umbrellas, from their resemblance both when folded and when expanded; also called duck's-foot. The flowering stem, unlike the other, bears two leaves, peltate near the edge, and between them a single large flat white flower. The leaves are poisonous, but the sweetish yellow egg-shaped fruit is sometimes eaten. See May-apple, 1, mandrake, 2, hog-apple, and podophyllin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Podophyllum pod-ō-fil′um a genus of plants of the barberry family, the fruit edible, other parts actively cathartic
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. poy`s podo`s, foot + fy`llon leaf
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pous, podos, foot, phyllon, leaf.

Usage

In literature:

The root of the Podophyllum is used as a cathartic by the Indians.
"Canadian Crusoes" by Catherine Parr Traill
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