from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Eurasian tendril-bearing vines of the genus Bryonia, having red or black berries and tuberous roots formerly used as medicine.
- n. The black bryony.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A perennial herb, of genus Bryonia, especially the common wild species, Bryonia dioica.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The common name of several cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Bryonia. The root of Bryonia alba (rough bryony or white bryony) and of Bryonia dioica is a strong, irritating cathartic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of species of Bryonia, a cucurbitaceous genus of plants, possessing acrid, emetic, and purgative properties which have given them repute as remedies for many diseases from early times.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a vine of the genus Bryonia having large leaves and small flowers and yielding acrid juice with emetic and purgative properties
Latin bryōnia, from Greek bruōniā, from bruein, to swell, teem.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bryōnia ("bryony"), from Ancient Greek βρυωνία (bruōnia, "bryony"). (Wiktionary)