1. [syn: Eryngium, genus Eryngium]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Eryngium \E*ryn"gi*um\ ([-e]*r[i^]n"j[i^]*[u^]m), n. [NL., fr.
Gr. 'hry`ggion, dim. of 'h`ryggos eryngo; cf. L. eryngion,
A large genus of umbelliferous plants somewhat like thistles
in appearance, cosmopolitan in distribution. Eryngium
maritimum, or sea holly, has been highly esteemed as an
aphrodisiac, the roots being formerly candied.
Syn: genus Eryngium.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: large genus of decorative plants with thistlelike flower
heads; cosmopolitan in distribution [syn: Eryngium,