jervine

noun

jer·​vine
ˈjərˌvēn,
-və̇n
plural -s
: 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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Jervine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jervine. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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