Bry"o*ny (?), n. [L. bryonia, Gr. , fr. to swell, esp. of plants.] Bot.

The common name of several cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Bryonia. The root of B. alba (rough or white bryony) and of B. dioica is a strong, irritating cathartic.

Black bryony, a plant (Tamus communis) so named from its dark glossy leaves and black root; black bindweed.

 

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