noun jer·vine \ˈjərˌvēn, -və̇n\

Definition of jervine



  1. :  a crystalline alkaloid C26H39NO3 related in structure to the steroids and found in the rhizomes and roots of white hellebore, American hellebore, and other species of the genus Veratrum

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Origin and Etymology of jervine

New Latin jervina, from Spanish yervina, perhaps from yervo vetch, chickpea (from Latin ervum) + -ina -ine

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