Definition of nux vomica in English:

nux vomica

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

[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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

Origin

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

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