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A plant of the morning glory family, the dried roots of which yield a strong purgative.
- ‘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.
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