1. designating a family (Gentianaceae, order Gentianales) of dicotyledonous plants, including the
fringed gentians and the closed gentians
2. any of a large genus (Gentiana) of plants of the gentian family, with blue, white, red, or yellow flowers
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Word origin of 'gentian'ME genciane < OFr gentiane < L gentiana, of Illyrian orig.