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
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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.
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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