tormentil(redirected from Potentilla erecta)
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A perennial Eurasian plant (Potentilla erecta) in the rose family, having yellow flowers and astringent roots.
[Middle English tormentille, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, feminine diminutive of Latin tormentum, torment (from its use as an analgesic); see torment.]
(Plants) a rosaceous downy perennial plant, Potentilla erecta, of Europe and W Asia, having serrated leaves, four-petalled yellow flowers, and an astringent root used in medicine, tanning, and dyeing. Also called: bloodroot
[C15: from Old French tormentille, from Medieval Latin tormentilla, from Latin tormentum agony; referring to its use in relieving pain; see torment]
tor•men•til(ˈtɔr mɛn tɪl)
a low European plant, Potentilla tormentilla, of the rose family, having an astringent root used in tanning and dyeing.
[1350–1400; Middle English tormentille < Medieval Latin tormentilla < Latin torment(um) torment]