[ woo lfs-beyn ]
/ ˈwʊlfsˌbeɪn /


any of several plants in the aconite genus Aconitum, including A. lycoctonum, bearing stalks of hood-shaped purplish-blue flowers, the monkshood A. napellus, which yields a poisonous alkaloid used medicinally, and numerous garden varieties in various colors.

Origin of wolfsbane

1540–50; wolf + 's1 + bane
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Examples from the Web for wolfsbane

  • There was the awesome efficiency of wolfsbane with its deadly store of aconite.

    The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley

British Dictionary definitions for wolfsbane



/ (ˈwʊlfsˌbeɪn) /


any of several poisonous N temperate plants of the ranunculaceous genus Aconitum, esp A. lycoctonum, which has yellow hoodlike flowers
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