- 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.
Origin of aconite
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Historical Examples of aconitum
Of Aconitum ferox they report that it yields a comparatively large quantity of Pseudaconitine and a small quantity of Aconitine.
It is the Aconitum of medicine, the Monk's-hood or Wolf's-bane' of our ancestors.The Woman-Hater
The root of the Aconitum napellus becomes innocuous in frigid climates.
Aconitum napellus, roots of, innocuous in cold climates, ii.
Monkshood (Aconitum Napellus) grows four feet high, and has a beautiful blossom of rich blue growing in quite large clusters.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
- 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
Word Origin for aconite
Word Origin and History for aconitum
poisonous plant (also known as monkshood and wolf's bane), 1570s, from French aconit, from Latin aconitum, from Greek akoniton, of unknown origin.
- 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