colchicum


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to colchicum: colchicine

col·chi·cum

 (kŏl′chĭ-kəm, kŏl′kĭ-)
n.
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).]

colchicum

(ˈkɒltʃɪkəm; ˈkɒlkɪ-)
n
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]

col•chi•cum

(ˈkɒl tʃɪ kəm, ˈkɒl kɪ-)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
References in periodicals archive ?
PLANT OF THE WEEK COLCHICUM NAKED LADY Have you seen any naked ladies recently?
The main constituents of colchicum are alkaloids and flavanoids; it is the alkaloid colchicine which is responsible for the anti-inflammatory content.
COLCHICUM, sternbergia and autumn crocus should be planted as soon as they are available to buy in the garden centre.
If you are creating an area for kids, there are many plants to avoid as they are poisonous or irritate the skin including monkshood (aconitum), euphorbia, laburnum, daphne, digitalis, colchicum and taxus.
Prepare meals will take place at the point of feeding organized in the building Colchicum.
Colchicum speciosum "Album" Gardeners are unanimous in their opinion - everybody agrees that the perfection of its pure white chalices is without parallel.
COLCHICUM SPECIOSUM: 'Album' Gardeners are unanimous in their opinion - everybody agrees that the perfection of its pure white chalices is without parallel.
Colchicum speciosum 'Album' Gardeners are unanimous in their opinion - everybody agrees that the perfection of its pure white chalices is without parallel.
Colchicum (Meadow saffron): Severe vomiting and retching.
He does a good job at describing the earliest effective specifics (quinine, colchicum, digitalis, and mercury) as well as the earliest diagnostic devices (stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, laryngoscope, thermometer, and sphygmomanometer).
2001) is a wide sprea d natural situation or that it represents an isolated case of contamination of the product with colchicine during manufacture, or of source material with Colchicum species or other colchicine-containing members of the Liliaceae, we developed a method for the detection of the presence of this alkaloid in Ginkgo biloba leaves and in commercial ginkgo products.
PLANT OF THE WEEK - Colchicum When all else in the garden is looking a bit dishevelled, the autumn crocus pops up to give us a much needed splash of colour.