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nux vomica

[nuhks vom-i-kuh] /ˈnʌks ˈvɒm ɪ kə/
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
1570-1580
1570-80; < New Latin: literally, vomiting nut
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nux vomica

/ˈnʌks ˈvɒmɪkə/
noun
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
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin: vomiting nut
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