Meaning of scammony in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskaməni/


  • A plant of the convolvulus family, the dried roots of which yield a strong purgative.

    Two species in the family Convolvulaceae: Convolvulus scammonia of Asia, and Ipomoea orizabensis of Mexico

    ‘For instance, the knowledge of the causal power of scammony to purge red bile arises only after we observe a number of cases where it does this, and so come to form an aestimatio that it does in this or that particular case.’
    • ‘When he says that hops purges choler, he doesn't mean in the same way as scammony does.’


Old English, from Old French escamonie or Latin scammonia, from Greek skammōnia.