Definition of gentian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒenʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenʃn//
[countable, uncountable]
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a small plant with bright blue flowers that grows in mountain areas Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin gentiana, according to Pliny named after Gentius, king of Illyria, who is said to have discovered the medicinal properties of a common species.
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