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scammonyn. [F. scammonée, L. scammonia, scammonea, Gr. skammwni`a.].
  •  A species of bindweed or Convolvulus (C. Scammonia).  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]


scammony, n. (pl. -ies) an Asian plant, Convolvulus scammonia, bearing white or pink flowers, the dried roots of which are used as a purgative.

ME f. OF scamonee, escamonie or L scammonia f. Gk skammonia

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