a false hellebore, Veratrum album, with clusters of white flowers, native to Europe and western Asia: now rarely used in medicine, its alkaloids were once used in a number of treatments, as for high blood pressure, but accidental poisoning is due mostly to the plant’s resemblance to an ingestible European gentian.
- Also called Eu·ro·pe·an white hel·le·bore.
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Vomits of white hellebore or antimony, and purges of black hellebore or aloes, are prescribed.Chapters in the History of the Insane in the British Isles | Daniel Hack Tuke
Dr. Handel recommends wash22ing the eyes, when disposed to blindness, with an infusion of the root of white hellebore.The Natural History of Cage Birds | J. M. Bechstein
For instance, they used white hellebore to cure their wounds, and John Josselyn tells us exactly how.The Old English Herbals | Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
Take the brain—we have a disease, and we treat it with white hellebore.The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols) | Thomas De Quincey
If this does not prove efficacious, dust the under side of the leaves with white hellebore in a powder gun.Making a Rose Garden | Henry H. Saylor