Tormentil Tor"men*til, n. [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}.] (Bot.) A rosaceous herb ({Potentilla Tormentilla}), the root of which is used as a powerful astringent, and for alleviating gripes, or tormina, in diarrhea. [1913 Webster]

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  • tormentil — [tôr′men til΄] n. [ME turmentill < ML tormentilla < L tormentum (see TORMENT): from belief in the pain killing power of the plant] a European cinquefoil (Potentilla tormentilla) with yellow flowers and rhizomes used in tanning and dyeing …   English World dictionary

  • Tormentil — Taxobox | name = Tormentil image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Rosales familia = Rosaceae genus = Potentilla species = P. erecta binomial = Potentilla erecta binomial authority = Uspenski ex …   Wikipedia

  • tormentil — tor|men|til sb., len, ler el. tormentil, le(r)ne (en plante) …   Dansk ordbog

  • tormentil — miškinė sidabražolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Potentilla erecta), paplitęs vakarų Azijoje ir Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Potentilla erecta angl. cinquefoil; tormentil šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • tormentil — sidabražolė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių (Rosaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Potentilla). atitikmenys: lot. Potentilla angl. cinquefoil; potentil; tormentil vok. Fingerkraut; Tormentill rus. лапчатка lenk. pięciornik …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • tormentil — noun Etymology: Middle English turmentille, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum; from its use in allaying pain Date: 14th century a yellow flowered Eurasian cinquefoil (Potentilla erecta syn. P. tormentilla)… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tormentil — /tawr men til/, n. a low European plant, Potentilla erecta, of the rose family, having small, bright yellow flowers, and a strongly astringent root used in medicine and in tanning and dyeing. [1350 1400; ME tormentille < ML tormentilla, equiv. to …   Universalium

  • tormentil — noun A low growing herb (Potentilla erecta) …   Wiktionary

  • tormentil — [ tɔ:m(ə)ntɪl] noun a low growing plant with bright yellow flowers, the root of which is used in herbal medicine to treat diarrhoea. [Potentilla erecta.] Origin ME: from Fr. tormentille, from med. L. tormentilla, of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • tormentil — tor·men·til …   English syllables

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