[muhngks-hoo d]


a plant belonging to the genus Aconitum, of the buttercup family, especially A. napellus, the flowers of which have a large, hood-shaped sepal.

Origin of monkshood

1570–80; monk + 's1 + hood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monkshood

Historical Examples of monkshood

  • When ripe, they open in the same manner as those of the Monkshood.

  • He rode fiercely ahead of us after the boar, towards Monkshood.

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    Guy Thorne

  • In that time I've seen him only once—at the picnic when I got the monkshood.

  • Added to his other accomplishments, Mr. Monkshood was a poet.

  • Galea, a helmet-shaped body, as the upper sepal of the Monkshood, 87.

British Dictionary definitions for monkshood



any of several poisonous N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, esp A. napellus, that have hooded blue-purple flowers
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Word Origin and History for monkshood

also monk's-hood, 1570s, from monk (n.) + hood (n.1). So called for the shape of the flowers.

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