aconite definition by Webster's New World
- any of a genus (Aconitum) of poisonous plants of the buttercup family, with blue, purple, or yellow hoodlike flowers; monkshood; wolfsbane
- a rapidly acting poisonous drug usually made from the dried roots of a European monkshood (Aconitum napellus) and formerly used as a cardiac and respiratory sedativealso aconitum
Origin: Modern Latin aconitum ; from Classical Latin ; from Classical Greek akoniton
aconite definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun In both senses also called monkshood, wolfsbane.
- Any of various, usually poisonous perennial herbs of the genus Aconitum, having tuberous roots, palmately lobed leaves, blue or white flowers with large hoodlike upper sepals, and an aggregate of follicles.
- The dried leaves and roots of some of these plants, which yield a poisonous alkaloid that was formerly used medicinally.
Origin: French aconit, from Latin aconītum, from Greek akonīton, perhaps from neuter sing. of akonītos, without dust or struggle : a-, without; see a-1 + konis, dust.
aconite - Medical Definition