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fumitory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fumitory delicate European herb with greyish leaves and spikes of purplish flowers; formerly used medicinally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fumitory (Bot) The common uame of several species of the genus Fumaria, annual herbs of the Old World, with finely dissected leaves and small flowers in dense racemes or spikes. F. officinalis is a common species, and was formerly used as an antiscorbutic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fumitory The common name for species of the genus Fumaria.
    • n fumitory A smoking-room.
    • n fumitory The hollow-wort, Capnoides cavum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fumitory fūm′i-to-ri a plant of a disagreeable smell
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fumetere, F. fumeterre, prop., smoke of the ground, fr. L. fumus, smoke + terra, earth. See Fume, and Terrace
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fume-terre, earth-smoke—L. fumus, smoke, terra, earth.

Usage

In literature:

Certainly few woodland dwellers have more delicately beautiful foliage than the fumitory tribe.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Some fumitory appeared this summer in a field of barley; till then I had not observed any for some time in that district.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Of Fumitories we have five species in England, all of them weeds in cultivated grounds and in hedgerows.
"The plant-lore and garden-craft of Shakespeare" by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe
Fumitory, climbing Purplish-white Wet woods; West.
"Harper's Young People, June 8, 1880" by Various
All the fumitories prefer a light soil and a sunny position.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
You can always recognise the Fumitory by this pink tongue.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
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In poetry:

Thy soul is like a secret garden-close,
Where roots of cleft rnandragoras enwreathe;
Where bergamot and fumitory breathe,
And ivy winds its tower with the rose.
"Duality" by Clark Ashton Smith