aconitum

aconite

[ak-uh-nahyt]
noun
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-tuhm] .
Compare monkshood, wolfsbane.


Origin:
1570–80; < Latin aconītum < Greek akónīton leopard's-bane, wolfsbane

aconitic [ak-uh-nit-ik] , adjective
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aconite or aconitum (ˈækəˌnaɪt, ˌækəˈnaɪtəm)
 
n
1.  Compare winter aconite any of various N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, such as monkshood and wolfsbane, many of which are poisonous
2.  the dried poisonous root of many of these plants, sometimes used as an antipyretic
 
[C16: via Old French or Latin from Greek akoniton aconite, monkshood]
 
aconitum or aconitum
 
n
 
[C16: via Old French or Latin from Greek akoniton aconite, monkshood]
 
aconitic or aconitum
 
adj

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aconite
poisonous plant (also known as monk's hood and wolf's bane), 1570s, from Fr. aconit, from L. aconitum, from Gk. akoniton, of unknown origin.
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aconite ac·o·nite (āk'ə-nīt')
n.
The dried poisonous root of various herbs of the genus Aconitum containing aconitine, used externally as an analgesic.

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