ratsbane

[rats-beyn]

Origin of ratsbane

First recorded in 1515–25; rat + 's1 + bane
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ratsbane

noun
  1. rat poison, esp arsenic oxide
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Word Origin and History for ratsbane
n.

"rat poison, arsenic," 1520s; see rat (n.) + bane.

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