One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A climbing plant that has greenish-white flowers, red berries, and springlike tendrils. Native to Eurasia, it is the only British member of the gourd family.
- ‘This suggests that Gerarde did not distinguish clearly between red-berried, tendril-lacking Tamus communis L. and the red-berried, tendril-bearing Bryonia cretica L., which is also now known as the white bryony.’
- ‘The white bryony flowers are very small and have green veins.’
- ‘The only member of the cucumber or melon family to grow wild in Britain, white bryony is not related to black bryony.’
- ‘The two listed active ingredients, white bryony (a type of vine) and potassium dichromate, are diluted to .000001 PPM and 1 PPM respectively.’
- ‘The author suggests that the mandrake tradition may have originated in Persia, and other plants may have been previously similarly used in Northern Europe (e.g. bryony, Bryonia dioica) and in China (ginseng, Panax ginseng).’
Old English, via Latin from Greek bruōnia.
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