[syn: scammony, Convolvulus scammonia]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Scammony \Scam"mo*ny\ (sk[a^]m"m[-o]*n[y^]), n. [F.
scammon['e]e, L. scammonia, scammonea, Gr. skammwni`a.]
1. (Bot.) A species of bindweed or Convolvulus
2. An inspissated sap obtained from the root of the
Convolvulus Scammonia, of a blackish gray color, a
nauseous smell like that of old cheese, and a somewhat
acrid taste. It is used in medicine as a cathartic.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: tropical American morning glory [syn: scammony, Ipomoea
2: resin from the root of Convolvulus scammonia
3: twining plant of Asia Minor having cream-colored to purple
flowers and long thick roots yielding a cathartic resin [syn:
scammony, Convolvulus scammonia]