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.
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
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
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.