Yellow gentian
Gentian Gen"tian (j[e^]n"shan or j[e^]n"sh[i^]*an), n. [OE. genciane, F. gentiane, L. gentiana, fr. Gentius, an Illyrian king, said to have discovered its properties.] (Bot.) Any one of a genus ({Gentiana}) of herbaceous plants with opposite leaves and a tubular four- or five-lobed corolla, usually blue, but sometimes white, yellow, or red. See Illust. of {Capsule}. [1913 Webster]

Note: Many species are found on the highest mountains of Europe, Asia, and America, and some are prized for their beauty, as the Alpine ({Gentiana verna}, {Gentiana Bavarica}, and {Gentiana excisa}), and the American fringed gentians ({Gentiana crinita} and {Gentiana detonsa}). Several are used as tonics, especially the bitter roots of {Gentiana lutea}, the officinal gentian of the pharmacopoeias. [1913 Webster]

{Horse gentian}, fever root.

{Yellow gentian} (Bot.), the officinal gentian ({Gentiana lutea}). See {Bitterwort}. [1913 Webster]


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  • yellow gentian — noun 1. : a bitterwort (Gentiana lutea) of southern Europe having yellow flowers see gentian 2 2. : a gentian (Dasystephana flavida) of eastern No. America with yellowish flowers 3. : american columbo * * * a plant, Gentiana lutea, of Europe and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • yellow gentian — geltonasis gencijonas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gencijoninių šeimos prieskoninis, dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Gentiana lutea), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai).… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • yellow gentian — a plant, Gentiana lutea, of Europe and Asia Minor, having yellow flowers, the rootstock yielding a bitter tonic. * * * …   Universalium

  • great yellow gentian — geltonasis gencijonas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Gencijoninių šeimos prieskoninis, dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Gentiana lutea), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. Iš jo gaminami maisto priedai (kvėpikliai).… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • great yellow gentian — noun robust European perennial having clusters of yellow flowers • Syn: ↑Gentiana lutea • Hypernyms: ↑gentian • Member Holonyms: ↑Gentiana, ↑genus Gentiana …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gentian — Gen tian (j[e^]n shan or j[e^]n sh[i^]*an), n. [OE. genciane, F. gentiane, L. gentiana, fr. Gentius, an Illyrian king, said to have discovered its properties.] (Bot.) Any one of a genus ({Gentiana}) of herbaceous plants with opposite leaves and a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gentian — [jen′shən] adj. [ME genciane < OFr gentiane < L gentiana, of Illyrian orig.] designating a family (Gentianaceae, order Gentianales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the fringed gentians and the closed gentians n. 1. any of a large genus… …   English World dictionary

  • gentian — /jen sheuhn/, n. 1. any of several plants of the genera Gentiana, Gentianella, and Gentianopsis, having usually blue, or sometimes yellow, white, or red, flowers, as the fringed gentian of North America, or Gentiana lutea, of Europe. Cf. gentian… …   Universalium

  • Gentian — Taxobox name = Gentian image width = 250px image caption = Gentiana verna regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Gentianales familia = Gentianaceae genus = Gentiana L. subdivision ranks = Species subdivision = See …   Wikipedia

  • gentian — gen·tian jen chən n 1) any of two genera (Gentiana and Dasystephana) of herbs belonging to a family (Gentianaceae, the gentian family) and having opposite smooth leaves and showy usu. blue flowers 2) the rhizome and roots of a yellow flowered… …   Medical dictionary

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