veratrine[ver′ə trēn′, -trin]
- a poisonous mixture of colorless, crystalline alkaloids obtained from sabadilla seeds
Origin: ModL veratrina < L veratrum, hellebore, prob. orig. “plant which reveals truth” < verus, true (see very): the pulverized root causes sneezing, regarded in primitive belief as confirmation of truth
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Origin: New Latin Vērātrum, hellebore genus (from Latin vērātrum, hellebore) + -ine2.