E*ryng"i*um (?), n. [NL., fr. Gr. , dim. of eryngo; cf. L. eryngion, erynge.] Bot.

A genus of umbelliferous plants somewhat like thistles in appearance. Eryngium maritimum, or sea holly, has been highly esteemed as an aphrodisiac, the roots being formerly candied.

 

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