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[del-fuh-neen, -nin]
noun Chemistry.
  1. a bitter, poisonous, crystalline alkaloid, C33H45NO9, obtained from various species of larkspur, especially Delphinium staphisagria.
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Origin of delphinine

First recorded in 1820–30; delphin(ium) + -ine2
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  • Delphinine begins to brown about 102°; it becomes amber at 119°, and melts, and bubbles appear.

    Poisons: Their Effects and Detection

    Alexander Wynter Blyth