nux vomica

nux vomica

[nuhks vom-i-kuh]
noun
1.
the seed of the orangelike fruit of an East Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, containing strychnine, used in medicine.
2.
the tree itself; strychnine.

Origin:
1570–80; < Neo-Latin: literally, vomiting nut

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nux vomica (ˈnʌks ˈvɒmɪkə)
 
n
1.  an Indian spiny loganiaceous tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, with orange-red berries containing poisonous seeds
2.  any of the seeds of this tree, which contain strychnine and other poisonous alkaloids
3.  a medicine manufactured from the seeds of this tree, formerly used as a heart stimulant
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin: vomiting nut]

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