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[ak-uh-nahyt] /ˈæk əˌnaɪt/
any plant belonging to the genus Aconitum, of the buttercup family, having irregular flowers usually in loose clusters, including species with poisonous and medicinal properties.
Also, aconitum
[ak-uh-nahy-tuh m] /ˌæk əˈnaɪ təm/ (Show IPA)
Compare monkshood, wolfsbane.
1570-80; < Latin aconītum < Greek akónīton leopard's-bane, wolfsbane
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[ak-uh-nit-ik] /ˌæk əˈnɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for aconite
  • Wolf's-bane is an aconite with a pale yellow flower, called therefore the white-bane to distinguish it from the blue aconite.
  • She sprinkled her with the juices of aconite, and immediately her hair came off, and her nose and ears likewise.
  • Other organic acids, except aconite acid, did not change.
  • At another time he took two ounces tincture aconite, but vomited it up.
British Dictionary definitions for aconite


any of various N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, such as monkshood and wolfsbane, many of which are poisonous Compare winter aconite
the dried poisonous root of many of these plants, sometimes used as an antipyretic
Derived Forms
aconitic (ˌækəˈnɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Old French or Latin from Greek akoniton aconite, monkshood
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Word Origin and History for aconite

poisonous plant (also known as monkshood and wolf's bane), 1570s, from French aconit, from Latin aconitum, from Greek akoniton, of unknown origin.

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aconite in Medicine

aconite ac·o·nite (āk'ə-nīt')
The dried poisonous root of various herbs of the genus Aconitum containing aconitine, used externally as an analgesic.

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