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[muhngks-hoo d] /ˈmʌŋksˌhʊd/
a plant belonging to the genus Aconitum, of the buttercup family, especially A. napellus, the flowers of which have a large, hood-shaped sepal.
Origin of monkshood
1570-80; monk + 's1 + hood1 Unabridged
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  • In that time I've seen him only once—at the picnic when I got the monkshood.

  • Galea, a helmet-shaped body, as the upper sepal of the monkshood, 87.

  • The flowers of the monkshood are usually deep purple-blue, but yellowish white ones are often found.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • It wasn't till I noticed the monkshood plants that I started telling myself how that way wouldn't hurt.

  • Tom was so overcome by the sweet juice of the monkshood, that he lay down and immediately fell asleep.

    Little Tom V. Tille
  • The monkshood is frequently cultivated in gardens and some of the species furnish a powerful drug, aconite, used in medicine.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • What's the matter, you nice people—isn't the monkshood Girl putting on a good show?

  • monkshood (Aconitum Napellus) grows four feet high, and has a beautiful blossom of rich blue growing in quite large clusters.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • So the hollow spur-shaped petals of Columbine were called nectaries; also the curious long-clawed petals of monkshood, 87, &c.

  • He glided away towards monkshood swiftly and silently, a brown thing stealing through the undergrowth upon his malign errand.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
British Dictionary definitions for monkshood


any of several poisonous N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, esp A. napellus, that have hooded blue-purple flowers
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Word Origin and History for monkshood

also monk's-hood, 1570s, from monk (n.) + hood (n.1). So called for the shape of the flowers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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