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nux vomica

[nuhks vom-i-kuh]
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noun
  1. the seed of the orangelike fruit of an East Indian tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, of the logania family, containing strychnine, used in medicine.
  2. the tree itself; strychnine.
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Origin of nux vomica

1570–80; < New Latin: literally, vomiting nut
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British Dictionary definitions for nux vomica

nux vomica

noun
  1. an Indian spiny loganiaceous tree, Strychnos nux-vomica, with orange-red berries containing poisonous seeds
  2. any of the seeds of this tree, which contain strychnine and other poisonous alkaloids
  3. a medicine manufactured from the seeds of this tree, formerly used as a heart stimulant
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin: vomiting nut
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