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[muhngks-hoo d] /ˈmʌŋksˌhʊd/
a plant belonging to the genus Aconitum, of the buttercup family, especially A. napellus, the flowers of which have a large, hood-shaped sepal.
Origin of monkshood
1570-80; monk + 's1 + hood1 Unabridged
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  • When ripe, they open in the same manner as those of the monkshood.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • He rode fiercely ahead of us after the boar, towards monkshood.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • In that time I've seen him only once—at the picnic when I got the monkshood.

  • Added to his other accomplishments, Mr. monkshood was a poet.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • Galea, a helmet-shaped body, as the upper sepal of the monkshood, 87.

  • It wasn't till I noticed the monkshood plants that I started telling myself how that way wouldn't hurt.

  • What's the matter, you nice people—isn't the monkshood Girl putting on a good show?

  • The flowers of the monkshood are usually deep purple-blue, but yellowish white ones are often found.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • The monkshood is frequently cultivated in gardens and some of the species furnish a powerful drug, aconite, used in medicine.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
  • Like the monkshood and Larkspur, the columbines also belong to the group of irregular buttercups.

    Flowers of Mountain and Plain Edith S. Clements
British Dictionary definitions for monkshood


any of several poisonous N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, esp A. napellus, that have hooded blue-purple flowers
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Word Origin and History for monkshood

also monk's-hood, 1570s, from monk (n.) + hood (n.1). So called for the shape of the flowers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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