Definition of scammony in English:

scammony

Syllabification: scam·mo·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈskamənē
 
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noun

  • A plant of the morning glory family, the dried roots of which yield a strong purgative.
    • Two species in the family Convolvulaceae: Convolvulus scammonia of Asia, and Ipomoea orizabensis of Mexico
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    • For instance, the knowledge of the causal power of scammony to purge red bile arises only after we observe a number of cases where it does this, and so come to form an aestimatio that it does in this or that particular case.
    • When he says that hops purges choler, he doesn't mean in the same way as scammony does.

Origin

Old English, from Old French escamonie or Latin scammonia, from Greek skammōnia.

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