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American gentian Explained

American gentian at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Calumba \Ca*lum"ba\, n. [from kalumb, its native name in
Mozambique.] (Med.)
The root of a plant ({Jateorrhiza Calumba}, and probably
{Cocculus palmatus}), indigenous in Mozambique. It has an
unpleasantly bitter taste, and is used as a tonic and
antiseptic. [Written also {colombo}, {columbo}, and

{American calumba}, the {Frasera Carolinensis}, also called
{American gentian}. Its root has been used in medicine as
bitter tonic in place of calumba.

American gentian at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

American gentian
n : any of various tall perennial herbs constituting the genus
Frasera; widely distributed in warm dry upland areas of
California, Oregon, and Washington [syn: {columbo}, {American
columbo}, {deer's-ear}, {deer's-ears}, {pyramid plant}]