hellebore (White hellebore) is often used for the killing of currant-worms and other insects (see Currant).
She needs six grains of hellebore, Monsieur; her brain is turned.
It is of this plant Juvenal sarcastically observes: "Misers need a double dose of hellebore."
He knew his own defect; and purposed going through a course of hellebore.
Low, wet woods with considerable undergrowth, where skunk cabbage and hellebore flourish are the home of the Veery.
It is not certain whether they confounded our hellebore with our veratrum.
The best remedies for these pests are: first, prevention, by spraying with hellebore wash, which I have found most useful.
hellebore was much used by the ancients as a cure for madness and melancholy.
All three say that hellebore is the best thing for sucking insects.
To Destroy Cockroaches:—hellebore sprinkled on the floor at night.
late 14c., from Old French ellebore, from Latin elleborus, from Greek helleboros, perhaps meaning "plant eaten by fawns," from Greek ellos/hellos "fawn" + bora "food of beasts," from bibroskein "to eat," from PIE root *gwere- "to swallow." Among the ancients, the name given to various plants of both poisonous and medicinal qualities, reputed to cure madness.