Aconite Definition

ăkə-nīt
aconites
noun
Any of a genus (Aconitum) of poisonous plants of the buttercup family, with blue, purple, or yellow hoodlike flowers; monkshood; wolfsbane.
Webster's New World
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 sedative.
Webster's New World
Any of various usually poisonous perennial herbs of the genus Aconitum in the buttercup family, having tuberous roots, palmately lobed leaves, and blue, purple, or white flowers with a large hoodlike upper sepal.
American Heritage Medicine
The dried leaves and roots of some of these plants, which yield a poisonous alkaloid that was formerly used medicinally.
American Heritage Medicine

(botany) The herb wolfsbane, or monkshood; any plant of the genus Aconitum, all the species of which are poisonous.

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Other Word Forms of Aconite

Noun

Singular:
aconite
Plural:
aconites

Origin of Aconite

  • French aconit from Latin aconītum from Greek akonīton perhaps from neuter sing. of akonītos without dust or struggle a- without a–1 konis dust

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French aconit, from Latin aconitum, from Ancient Greek ἀκόνιτον (akoniton).

    From Wiktionary

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