aconite

noun ac·o·nite \ ˈa-kə-ˌnīt \

Definition of aconite

plural aconites
1 : monkshood
2 : the dried poisonous tuberous root of a common monkshood (Aconitum napellus) used especially formerly for its medicinal properties (as in relieving pain)
3 : winter aconite
  • … they began planting one million daffodil, crocus, and aconite bulbs.
  • —Walter Karp

Origin and Etymology of aconite

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, borrowed from Latin aconītum, borrowed from Greek akónīton, perhaps of pre-Greek substratal origin
Note: The notion in late antiquity that the word was derived from Greek akonit́ī "without dust," hence, "without a struggle, effortless," referring to the efficacy of the poison, is fanciful.


Medical Dictionary

aconite

noun ac·o·nite \ ˈak-ə-ˌnīt \

medical Definition of aconite

1 : monkshood
2 : the dried tuberous root of a monkshood (Aconitum napellus) formerly used as a cardiac and respiratory sedative

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