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wolfsbane

[woo lfs-beyn] /ˈwʊlfsˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
any of several plants in the aconite genus Aconitum, including A. lycoctonum, bearing stalks of hood-shaped purplish-blue flowers, the monkshood A. napellus, which yields a poisonous alkaloid used medicinally, and numerous garden varieties in various colors.
Origin of wolfsbane
1540-1550
1540-50; wolf + 's1 + bane
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wolfsbane

/ˈwʊlfsˌbeɪn/
noun
1.
any of several poisonous N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, esp A. lycoctonum, which has yellow hoodlike flowers
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Word Origin and History for wolfsbane
n.

"aconite" (especially Aconitum lycoctonum), 1540s, from wolf + bane; a translation of Latin lycoctonum, from Greek lykotonon, from lykos "wolf" + base of kteinein "to kill."

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