- 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.
Also a·co·ni·tum [ak-uh-nahy-tuh m] /ˌæk əˈnaɪ təm/.
Origin of aconite
1570–80; < Latin aconītum < Greek akónīton leopard's-bane, wolfsbane
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Examples from the Web for aconite
Which would be better to give him, quinine, or aconite and belladonna?The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
They are only aconite and lettuce; and if I might ask for a little fresh water.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
There was the awesome efficiency of wolfsbane with its deadly store of aconite.The Status Civilization
For the fever and general nervous disturbance, Aconite and Bell.
Give the patient Aconite once in two hours, for a day after the accident.
- any of various N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, such as monkshood and wolfsbane, many of which are poisonousCompare winter aconite
- the dried poisonous root of many of these plants, sometimes used as an antipyretic
C16: via Old French or Latin from Greek akoniton aconite, monkshood
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Word Origin and History for aconite
poisonous plant (also known as monkshood and wolf's bane), 1570s, from French aconit, from Latin aconitum, from Greek akoniton, of unknown origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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