EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun any plant belonging to the genus Aconitum, of the buttercup family, having irregular flowers usually in loose clusters, including species with poisonous and medicinal properties.
a·co·ni·tum [ak- uh- nahy-t uh m] /ˌæk əˈnaɪ təm/
Origin of aconite 1570–80; < Latin aconītum < Greek akónīton leopard's-bane, wolfsbane Related forms ac·o·nit·ic , [ak- uh- nit-ik] /ˌæk əˈnɪt ɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for aconite Historical Examples of aconite British Dictionary definitions for aconite aconite aconitum ( ˌækəˈnaɪtəm) noun any of various N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, such as monkshood and wolfsbane, many of which are poisonous Compare winter aconite the dried poisonous root of many of these plants, sometimes used as an antipyretic Derived Forms aconitic ( ˌækəˈnɪtɪk), adjective Word Origin for aconite
C16: via Old French or Latin from Greek
akoniton aconite, monkshood
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Word Origin and History for aconite n.
poisonous plant (also known as
monkshood and wolf's bane), 1570s, from French aconit, from Latin aconitum, from Greek akoniton, of unknown origin.
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n. The dried leaves and roots of various herbs of the genus Aconitum, especially Aconitum napellus, containing aconitine. It is used externally as an analgesic and was formerly used internally as a sedative. monkshood
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