[ muhngks-hood ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby monkshood Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use monkshood in a sentence

  • monkshood (Aconitum Napellus) grows four feet high, and has a beautiful blossom of rich blue growing in quite large clusters.

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

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  • There are numbers of the pink and the saxifrage families, white and purple monkshood, purple asters, and goldenrod.

  • monkshood grew there, also black and yellow clematis, rhubarb, ranunculus and primulas of different kinds.

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  • So the hollow spur-shaped petals of Columbine were called nectaries; also the curious long-clawed petals of monkshood, 87, &c.

British Dictionary definitions for monkshood


/ (ˈmʌŋkshʊd) /

  1. 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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