- the poison hemlock, Conium maculatum.
Origin of conium
1860–65; < New Latin; Late Latin < Greek kṓneion
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Conium (Hemlock) also owes its properties to the alkaloid Conia.The Action of Medicines in the System
Frederick William Headland
Compounded of Conium and Selinum, from its resemblance to these genera.
The seeds, leaves, and root of the Conium maculatum are all poisonous.Memoranda on Poisons
Thomas Hawkes Tanner
In this family is found the poison hemlock (Conium) used by the ancient Greeks for the elimination of politicians.
Conium owes its active properties to a volatile liquid alkaloid, Coniine, united with a crystalline alkaloid, Conhydrine.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection
Alexander Wynter Blyth
- either of the two N temperate plants of the umbelliferous genus Conium, esp hemlock
- an extract of either of these plants, formerly used to treat spasmodic disorders
C19: from Late Latin: hemlock, from Greek kōneion; perhaps related to Greek kōnos cone
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