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 (kŏl′chĭ-kəm, kŏl′kĭ-)
1. Any of various bulbous plants of the genus Colchicum, such as the autumn crocus.
2. The dried ripe seeds or corms of the autumn crocus, both of which yield colchicine.

[Latin, autumn crocus (noted for its poisonous root), from Greek kolkhikon, from neuter of kolkhikos, of Colchis, from Kolkhis, Colchis (the home of the sorceress and poisoner Medea in Greek mythology).]
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(ˈkɒltʃɪkəm; ˈkɒlkɪ-)
1. (Plants) any Eurasian liliaceous plant of the genus Colchicum, such as the autumn crocus
2. (Plants) the dried seeds or corms of the autumn crocus: a source of colchicine
[C16: from Latin, from Greek kolkhikon, from kolkhikos of Colchis]
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(ˈkɒl tʃɪ kəm, ˈkɒl kɪ-)

1. any Old World plant of the genus Colchicum, of the lily family, esp. the autumn crocus, C. autumnale.
2. the dried seeds or corms of this plant.
3. a medicine or drug prepared from these, used chiefly in the treatment of gout.
[1590–1600; < New Latin, Latin < Greek kolchikón meadow saffron <Kolchikós of Colchis, the plant being thought poisonous]
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Noun1.colchicum - chiefly fall-blooming perennial cormous herbsColchicum - chiefly fall-blooming perennial cormous herbs; sometimes placed in family Colchicaceae
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
autumn crocus, Colchicum autumnale, meadow saffron, naked lady - bulbous autumn-flowering herb with white, purple or lavender-and-white flowers; native to western and central Europe
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