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nux vomica Line breaks: nux vom¦ica
Pronunciation: /nʌks ˈvɒmɪkə/

Definition of nux vomica in English:


[mass noun]
1A spiny southern Asian tree with berry-like fruit and toxic seeds that are a commercial source of strychnine.
  • Strychnos nux-vomica, family Loganiaceae
Example sentences
  • De Abano in the fourteenth century included mercury, copper, lapis lazuli, arsenic sublimate, litharge, nux vomica, laurel berries, and hellebore in his De Remedis Venenorum.
  • Belladonna, sepia and nux vomica are among the most common ingredients.
  • The Strychnine tree also known as Nux vomica, is an evergreen tree native to southeast Asia, a member of family Loganiaceae.
1.1A homeopathic preparation of this plant used especially for the treatment of symptoms of overeating and overdrinking.
Example sentences
  • Homeopathic remedies, including nux vomica, iris, belladona and others seem to help some headache sufferers.
  • I also recommend the remedy nux vomica for sickness following surgery.
  • A homeopathic remedy for hangovers is the attractively-named nux vomica, which is available in most health food stores.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin, from Latin nux 'nut' + vomica 'causing vomiting' (from vomere 'to vomit').

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