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fumitory Line breaks: fu¦mi|tory
Pronunciation: /ˈfjuːmɪt(ə)ri/

Definition of fumitory in English:


An Old World plant with spikes of small tubular pink or white flowers and finely divided greyish leaves, often considered a weed.
  • Genus Fumaria, family Fumariaceae
Example sentences
  • Replicated across a range of WA soil types, the study examined annual ryegrass, wild radish, wild oats, wall fumitory, brome grass and barley grass persistence, in plots isolated to guard against the arrival of new seed.
  • Purple ramping-fumitory was first recognised as a species separate from other fumitories in 1902.
  • One calls it the muskranunculus, whilst another classes it with the fumitories, probably because of its leaves.


Late Middle English: from Old French fumeterre, from medieval Latin fumus terrae 'smoke of the earth' (because of its greyish leaves).

Words that rhyme with fumitory

vomitory • dormitory

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