monkshood

[muhngks-hoo d]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. monkhood,
  2. monkish,
  3. monkishly,
  4. monks,
  5. monks' mound,
  6. monmouth,
  7. monmouth, james scott, duke of,
  8. monmouthshire,
  9. monnet,
  10. monnet, jean

Origin of monkshood

1570–80; monk + 's1 + hood1

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British Dictionary definitions for monkshood

monkshood

noun

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

monkshood

n.

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

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