• WordNet 3.6
    • n Eryngium large genus of decorative plants with thistlelike flower heads; cosmopolitan in distribution
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Eryngium (Bot) A large genus of umbelliferous plants somewhat like thistles in appearance, cosmopolitan in distribution. Eryngium maritimum, or sea holly, has been highly esteemed as an aphrodisiac, the roots being formerly candied.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n eryngium A genus of coarse, umbelliferous, perennial herbs, with coriaceous toothed or prickly leaves, and blue or white bracted flowers, closely sessile in dense heads. There are more than 100 species, found in temperate and subtropical climates. A few are occasionally cultivated for ornament. E. maritimum and E. campestre, European species known as eringo, were formerly celebrated as diuretics. (See eringo.) The button-snakeroot, E. yuccæfolium, a native of the United States, is reputed to be diaphoretic and expectorant. E. fætidum is cultivated in tropical America for flavoring soups.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. 'hry`ggion, dim. of 'h`ryggos eryngo; cf. L. eryngion, erynge,


In literature:

Eryngium maritimum, bloom on.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
I believe it is a species of Eryngium.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
Occasionally we meet a genus, like Eryngium or Hydrocotyle, with leaves merely toothed or lobed.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891" by Various
Eryngium is rare between the foot of Oonnoo and Moostaffur Khan's fort.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
ERYNGIUM, a genus of plants belonging to the nat.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In news:

Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium Courtesy Helen Hamilton / June 13, 2011 ).
Rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium Courtesy Helen Hamilton / June 13, 2011 ).