Elecampane

Elecampane

1. (Science: botany) a large, coarse herb (Inula Helenium), with composite yellow flowers. The root, which has a pungent taste, is used as a tonic, and was formerly of much repute as a stomachic.

2. A sweetmeat made from the root of the plant.

Origin: f. Enulecampane, NL. Inula campana; L. Inula elecampane _ LL. Campana a bell; cf. G. Glockenwurz, i. E, bellwort..


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