Genciana

Blue blooming gentian in Alpes

Gentianella amarella

Gentian (Wiktionary)

English

Wikispecies

Etymology

Via Middle English from Latin gentiāna, which, according to Pliny, was named after Gentius, the last king of Illyria, who supposedly discovered the plant's medicinal benefits. This has been dismissed as folk etymology but the word may still ultimately be of Illyrian origin, as -an is a common suffix in Illyrian words.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdʒɛn(t)ʃən/

Noun

gentian (plural gentians)

  1. Any of various herbs of the family Gentianaceae found in temperate and mountainous regions with violet or blue flowers.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, Crime out of Mind,[1], chapter 1:
      On the cover of the leaflet advertising the Alpenrose Gasthof in Zirl am Gurgl []
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