Definition of aconite in English:

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aconite

Pronunciation: /ˈakəˌnīt/

noun

1A poisonous plant of the buttercup family, which bears hooded pink or purple flowers. It is native to temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.
  • Genus Aconitum, family Ranunculaceae: many species, including monkshood and wolfsbane.
Example sentences
  • This would allow for the use of a variety of familiar medicinal herbs, including poisonous plants like aconite.
  • Other plants in the fragrant garden include a cherry plum which is allegedly a remedy for stress and anxiety and aconite, a toxic plant which in small doses is claimed to be good for colds.
  • Saturn also rules over many of the herbs that are potentially poisonous or toxic (eg., aconite, helleborus, nightshade).
1.1An extract of aconite, used as a poison or in medicinal preparations.
Example sentences
  • The Three Arterial Sedatives: veratrum, aconite and gelsemium.
  • In fact baking or cooking for a long time in pressurized hot water can help to neutralize the toxic aconitum in raw aconite.
  • In the Book of Venoms, he listed arsenic, aconite, hellebore, laurel, opium, bryony, mandrake, leopard's gall, and menstrual blood.

Origin

Mid 16th century: via French and Latin from Greek akoniton.

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Syllabification: ac·o·nite

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