Tormentil

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tormentil (Bot) A rosaceous herb (Potentilla Tormentilla), the root of which is used as a powerful astringent, and for alleviating gripes, or tormina, in diarrhea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tormentil A plant, Potentilla Tormentilla, of Europe and temperate Asia. It is a low herb with slender forking stems, the lower leaves with five leaflets, the upper with three the flowers small, bright-yellow, and having usually but four petals. The plant has a thick and woody perennial rootstock, which is highly astringent; it is used in medicine, and also sometimes in tanning. It contains besides an available red coloring matter, used by the Laplanders to dye the skins worn by them as clothing. Also called bloodroot, septfoil, and shepherd's-knot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tormentil tor′men-til a genus of plants, one species with an astringent woody root.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tormentille,; cf. Pr., It., & NL. tormentilla, Sp. tormentila,; all fr. L. tormentum, pain. So called because it is said to allay pain. See Torment
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L. tormentilla—L. tormentum.

Usage

In literature:

They made tea sometimes of the tormentil, whose little yellow flowers appear along the furrows.
"Round About a Great Estate" by Richard Jefferies
The green leaves of the Tormentil are soft and fine, with a few downy hairs on the front.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
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