dracontium

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n dracontium any plant of the genus Dracontium; strongly malodorous tropical American plants usually with gigantic leaves
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dracontium A genus of araceous plants, natives of tropical America. There are 5 or 6 species, which are among the largest of the order. They have a milky juice, a large tuberous root, a single very large 3-parted leaf, and a tall peduncle bearing the very fetid flower. The root of D. polyphyllum is said to be used as a remedy for snake-bites and as an emmenagogue.
    • n dracontium [I. c.] The pharmaceutical name for the root of the skunk-cabbage, Symplocarpus fœtidus (sometimes called Dracontium fœtidum). The root is used as an acrid irritant, as an antispasmodic, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dracontium drā-kon′shi-um a genus of American araceous plants: the root of the skunk-cabbage.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.,—drakōn, a dragon.