Etymology
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gentian (n.)

type of herb, late 14c., genciane, from Old French genciane (13c.) and directly from Latin gentiana, said by Pliny to be named for Gentius, king of ancient Illyria who discovered its properties. This likely is a folk-etymology, but the word may be Illyrian nonetheless, because the suffix -an frequently occurs in Illyrian words.

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Definitions of gentian

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