One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A preparation of the rhizome of yellow jasmine, used in homeopathy to treat flulike symptoms.
- ‘For obstetrics gelsemium is extremely important.’
2A plant of a genus that includes the yellow jasmine.
Genus Gelsemium, family Loganiaceae
Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Italian gelsomino ‘jasmine’.
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