Fumitory

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Fumitory

(Science: botany) The common uame of several species of the genus Fumaria, annual herbs of the old world, with finely dissected leaves and small flowers in dense racemes or spikes. F. Officinalis is a common species, and was formerly used as an antiscorbutic.

(Science: botany) Climbing fumitory, the Alleghany vine (Adlumia cirrhosa); a biennial climbing plant with elegant feathery leaves and large clusters of pretty white or pinkish flowers looking like grains of rice.

Origin: oe. Fumetere, f. Fumeterre, prop, smoke of the ground, fr. L. Fumus smoke _ terra earth. See fume, and terrace.