gentian


gentian
gen•tian
[[t]ˈdʒɛn ʃən[/t]] n.
1) pln any plant of the gentian family, esp. the genus Gentiana, having usu. blue but sometimes yellow, white, or red flowers
2) pln the root of a European species of gentian, G. lutea, used as a tonic
Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L gentiāna

From formal English to slang. 2014.