Meaning of aglaophotis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌaɡleɪəˈfəʊtɪs/


archaic, historical
  • A legendary plant to which various medicinal or magical properties have been attributed, sometimes identified with the peony.


Old English; earliest use found in Pseudo-Apuleius' Herbarium. From classical Latin aglaophōtis (Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek ἀγλαοϕῶτις, name of a plant with supposed magical properties, also listed by Dioscorides as a name of the peony, Paeonia officinalis, literally ‘brightly shining’ from ἀγλαός splendid (perhaps related to γαλήνη calm, or ἀγάλλεσθαι to glory, exult) + ϕῶς light.