aconite /ˈakənʌɪt/


I. noun

1. a poisonous plant of the buttercup family, bearing hooded pink or purple flowers and found in temperate regions of the northern hemisphere.

●Genus Aconitum, family Ranunculaceae: many species, including monkshood and wolfsbane.
2. [ mass noun] an extract of aconite, used as a poison or in pharmacy.
3. (also winter aconite) a small herbaceous Eurasian plant, cultivated for its yellow flowers in early spring.

●Genus Eranthis, family Ranunculaceae: several species.
– origin mid 16th cent.: via French and Latin from Greek akoniton.

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