Definition of tormentil in English:

tormentil

Line breaks: tor|men¦til
Pronunciation: /ˈtɔːm(ə)ntɪl
 
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noun

A low-growing Eurasian plant with bright yellow flowers. The root is used in herbal medicine to treat diarrhoea.
  • Potentilla erecta, family Rosaceae
More example sentences
  • On the ground, patches of yellow tormentil, blue-purple and red-magenta milkwort were growing at regular intervals, with small heath, small copper, green hairstreak and other butterfly species putting in the occasional appearance.
  • The grassland areas are grazed by a mixture of cattle and Jacob's sheep, and are sprinkled with wild flowers including devil's-bit scabious, oxeye daisy, bird's-foot-trefoil, harebell and tormentil.
  • It sings from the bumblebee slash on a motorway truck, wild flowers massed on grass: celandine, lady's slipper, tormentil, tiny warriors pitting themselves against air fogged with chemicals…

Origin

late Middle English: from French tormentille, from medieval Latin tormentilla, of unknown origin.

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