Definition of colchicum in English:


Syllabification: col·chi·cum
Pronunciation: /ˈkälCHikəm, ˈkälki-

noun (plural colchicums)

  • 1A plant of a genus that includes the autumn crocuses.
    • Genus Colchicum, family Liliaceae
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    • You also can plant squirrel-proof bulbs like daffodils and colchicums.
    • There are two different types of fall blooming bulbs, colchicums and crocus.
    • On warm nights they have begun nibbling the freshly emerging foliage of my autumn-flowering colchicums.
  • 1.1The dried corm or seed of meadow saffron, which has analgesic properties and is used medicinally, especially as a tincture.
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    • So Darwin had his urine tested, followed Bence Jones's special diet, and dosed himself with colchicum, a dangerously corrosive specific for gout.


from Latin, from Greek kolkhikon 'of Colchis' (see Colchis), alluding to the skills as a poisoner of the sorceress Medea of Colchis in classical mythology.

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