Definition of strychnine in English:

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strychnine

Pronunciation: /ˈstrikˌnīn/ /ˈstrikˌnēn/

noun

A bitter and highly poisonous compound obtained from nux vomica and related plants. An alkaloid, it has occasionally been used as a stimulant.
Example sentences
  • Are strychnine or warfarin poisons or noxious things?
  • Others combined wine with strychnine, a poison used as a stimulant in small amounts.
  • Some medicines used during the Civil War now are known to be poisons, including arsenic and strychnine.

Origin

Early 19th century: from French, via Latin from Greek strukhnos, denoting a kind of nightshade.

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Syllabification: strych·nine

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