ca·​coth·​e·​line | \ kəˈkäthəˌlēn, ka-, -lə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of cacotheline

: a poisonous base C21H21N3O7 obtained as the orange-yellow crystalline nitrate by heating brucine with nitric acid

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First Known Use of cacotheline

1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cacotheline

International Scientific Vocabulary cacothel- (from Late Greek kakothelēs malevolent, from Greek kak- cac- + -thelēs, from thelein to wish, will) + -ine; originally formed as French cacothéline

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“Cacotheline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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