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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

SCAM'MONY, n. [L. scammonia.]
1. A plant of the genus convolvulus.
2. A gum resin, obtained from the plant of that name, of a blackish gray color, a strong nauseous smell, and a bitter and very acrid taste. The best scammony comes from Aleppo, in light spungy masses, easily friable. That of Smyrna is black, ponderous, and mixed with extraneous matter.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: tropical American morning glory [syn: scammony, Ipomoea orizabensis]
2: resin from the root of Convolvulus scammonia
3: twining plant of Asia Minor having cream-colored to purple flowers and long thick roots yielding a cathartic resin [syn: scammony, Convolvulus scammonia]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English scamonie, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English scammoniam, from Latin scammonia, from Greek skamm?nia; Anglo-French scamonie, from Latin Date: before 12th century 1. a twining convolvulus (Convolvulus scammonia) of Asia Minor with a large thick root 2. a. the dried root of scammony b. a cathartic resin obtained from scammony

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (pl. -ies) an Asian plant, Convolvulus scammonia, bearing white or pink flowers, the dried roots of which are used as a purgative. Etymology: ME f. OF scamonee, escamonie or L scammonia f. Gk skammonia

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Scammony Scam"mo*ny (sk[a^]m"m[-o]*n[y^]), n. [F. scammon['e]e, L. scammonia, scammonea, Gr. skammwni`a.] 1. (Bot.) A species of bindweed or Convolvulus (C. Scammonia). 2. An inspissated sap obtained from the root of the Convolvulus Scammonia, of a blackish gray color, a nauseous smell like that of old cheese, and a somewhat acrid taste. It is used in medicine as a cathartic.



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