gentian gentian  /ˈdʒɛn ʃən/


  • (n) any of various plants of the family Gentianaceae especially the genera Gentiana and Gentianella and Gentianopsis


  1. It was the belief of the observers that the gentian violet had a selective action against infections with staphylococci.
  2. The books and encyclopedias on his tables are replaced by syringes and bowls, bottles of orange-flower water, gentian, licorice, quinine and calomel.
  3. All the company knows is that, like many another brand of bitters, Angostura contains gentian and rum.


  • Go wild over Wakulla's flowers

    Bonnie Holub Wakulla correspondent -- Native wildflowers bloom in every month of the year in Wakulla County. You may not readily notice the white blossoms of the wiregrass gentian, but they are here, flowering on winter days, among the wiregrass tufts nestled in the pine flatwoods.
    on July 1, 2013     Source: Tallahassee Democrat


  1. For example, Andrews writes: "Our 'nursing' seldom involved more than dabbing gentian violet on ringworm, aquaflavine emulsion on cuts and scratches, lead lotion on bruises and sprains."
    on Nov 28, 2006 By: Lucilla Andrews Source: TIME

  2. For example, at one point McEwan wrote, "In the way of medical treatments, she had already dabbed gentian violet on ringworm, aquaflavine emulsion on a cut and painted lead lotion on a bruise."
    on Nov 29, 2006 By: Ian McEwan Source: Houston Chronicle

  3. Pynchon, whose new book also has a historic backdrop, wrote that the row "really is about who owns the right to describe using gentian violet for ringworm, for heaven's sake".
    on Dec 7, 2006 By: Thomas Pynchon Source: News24

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