Fumitory
Fumitory Fu"mi*to*ry, n. [OE. fumetere, F. fumeterre, prop., smoke of the ground, fr. L. fumus smoke + terra earth. See {Fume}, and {Terrace}.] (Bot.) The common uame of several species of the genus Fumaria, annual herbs of the Old World, with finely dissected leaves and small flowers in dense racemes or spikes. {F. officinalis} is a common species, and was formerly used as an antiscorbutic. [1913 Webster]

{Climbing fumitory} (Bot.), the Alleghany vine ({Adlumia cirrhosa}); a biennial climbing plant with elegant feathery leaves and large clusters of pretty white or pinkish flowers looking like grains of rice. [1913 Webster]


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  • fumitory — [fyo͞o′mə tôr΄ē] n. pl. fumitories [ME fumeter < OFr fumeterre < ML fumus terrae, lit., smoke of the earth (see FUME & TERRAIN): so called from its smell] any of a genus (Fumaria) of plants of the fumitory family, with watery juice and… …   English World dictionary

  • fumitory — vaistinė žvirbliarūtė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Žvirbliarūtinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Fumaria officinalis), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, vakarų Azijoje ir Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Fumaria officinalis angl. common fumitory;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • fumitory — noun Etymology: Middle English fumeterre, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin fumus terrae, literally, smoke of the earth, from Latin fumus + terrae, genitive of terra earth more at terrace Date: 14th century any of a genus (Fumaria of the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fumitory — /fyooh mi tawr ee, tohr ee/, n., pl. fumitories. any plant of the genus Fumaria, esp. a delicate herb, F. officinalis, having finely dissected, grayish leaves and spikes of purplish flowers. [1350 1400; alter. of earlier fumiterre, ME fumetere <… …   Universalium

  • fumitory — rūtenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Aguoninių (Papaveraceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Corydalis). atitikmenys: lot. Corydalis angl. birthwort; corydalis; fumitory vok. Lerchensporn rus. хохлатка lenk. kokorycz …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • fumitory — noun A plant of the taxonomic genus Fumaria, which are annual herbaceous flowering plants in the family Fumariaceae, native to temperate Europe and Asia …   Wiktionary

  • fumitory — n. delicate European herb having grayish dissected leaves and purplish flowers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • fumitory — [ fju:mɪt(ə)ri] noun a plant with spikes of small tubular pink or white flowers and finely divided greyish leaves. [Genus Fumaria.] Origin ME: from OFr. fumeterre, from med. L. fumus terrae smoke of the earth (because of its greyish leaves) …   English new terms dictionary

  • fumitory — fu·mi·to·ry …   English syllables

  • fumitory — fu•mi•to•ry [[t]ˈfyu mɪˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] n. pl. ries pln any plant of the genus Fumaria, having grayish leaves and spikes of purplish flowers. • Etymology: 1350–1400; alter. of earlier fumiterre, ME < MF < ML fūmus terrae …   From formal English to slang

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