veratrine[ver′ə trēn′, -trin]
- a poisonous mixture of colorless, crystalline alkaloids obtained from sabadilla seeds
Origin of veratrineModern Latin veratrina ; from Classical Latin veratrum, hellebore, probably origin, originally “plant which reveals truth” ; from verus, true (see very): the pulverized root causes sneezing, regarded in primitive belief as confirmation of truth
A poisonous mixture of alkaloids extracted from sabadilla seeds and used as an insecticide and formerly as a counterirritant.
Origin of veratrineNew Latin Vērātrum, genus in which sabadilla was formerly classified; see veratrum + –ine2.